Sysmo Primed for 2014 Ballarat Cup

November 18th, 2014

Running an agonizingly-close second to Atacama in the Listed James Boag’s Premium Stakes (1800m) on Melbourne Cup Day, trainer Tony McEvoy is confident classy runner Sysmo is in the right form for success in Saturday’s Listed Ballarat Cup (2200m).

Sysmo (inside) has been confirmed to contest this weekend's 2014 Ballarat Cup. Photo: Sarah Ebbett

Sysmo (inside) has been confirmed to contest this weekend’s 2014 Ballarat Cup. Photo: Sarah Ebbett

Securing four wins and a further nine minor places from just 20 competitive appearances at the races so far, Sysmo has quickly built to the task this time in; running fourth in the Myer Spring Fashion Handicap (1400m) and a credible fifth in the Listed Sale Cup (1600m) leading into his Cup Day tilt.

Understandably thrilled with the form and class displayed by the son of My Risk through the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival so far, McEvoy said he is confident recent work and condition points towards a return to the winner’s circle in the 2014 Ballarat Cup.

“I took him home to the Barossa after his run in the Plate on Melbourne Cup day and he has trained on really well,” McEvoy told TVN.

“I watched him work earlier this week and he has trained on beautifully.

“I think it’s a really good race for him and he should go to it at his top.”

Undoubtedly finding career-best form over the 2013 Australian racing calendar, Sysmo ran second in a minor over 1300m first-up in autumn and continued to work towards a credible third amongst classy competition in the Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap (2100m) most notably in May.

Returning in spring in similarly impressive form, the gelding out of La Soculente ran third to Nearest To Pin in a minor over 1250m first-up before winning the Listed Seymour Cup (1600m) on October 20th; continuing to impress on his way to a luckless run for fourth when blocked for a run in the Group 3 Summer Cup (2000m) on Boxing Day.

Nominated amongst a list of 35 hopefuls for the 2014 Ballarat Cup, Sysmo is set to be confirmed in a final field of 18 on Wednesday morning.

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