He cost a half million dollars as yearling but the Jeremy Sylvester-trained Sportsman will be showing a profit for his owner if he wins at Taree on Tuesday.

‘’He is a lovely type,’’ Sylvester said. “They paid $500,000 originally and we bought him for $9000 through Inglis Digital.’’

Sportsman was bred and raised at Torryburn Stud and was a much admired member of their 2019 Easter Yearling draft eventually knocked down for the aforementioned princely sum to the China Horse Club and handed to Snowden Racing.

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The son of Exceed And Excel trialled three times at Randwick from January to May this year finishing last in two of them before being moved on.

Sportsman trialled twice for Sylvester last month highlighted by an impressive heat win on the Beaumont track on August 26.

Sylvester is obviously hoping that the Sportsman foaled in 2017 is as talented as the one born in 1999.

The pair not only share the same name, they are also very closely related.

‘’It’s strange isn’t that he is from the same family as the Sportsman that Greg Hickman had and there was one in New Zealand that was good too,’’ Sylvester pointed out.

There will not be a better bred horse racing at Taree or anywhere else around Australia than Sylvester’s Legendofoz.

A son of Fastnet Rock, Legendofoz is the first foal of four times Group 1-winning champion New Zealand mare Princess Coup, who sold for $3 million at the Magic Millions National Broodmare sale in 2009.


Legendofoz has managed just one win from 24 starts but he has been nothing short of a bad luck magnet throughout his career.

Sylvester is banking on the 1400m of Tuesday’s Welcome Overseas Viewers Class 1 to bring out the best in the seven-year-old gelding.

‘’All his runs have been good this time in and the horse is going good,’’ Sylvester said.

“I’d love him to win one for the owners. We had him in the Highway in Sydney last Saturday but he got ballotted out but the way they ran it, it would have suited him down to the ground – at big odds.’’

Both Legendofoz and Sportsman will be ridden by Robert Thompson whose combination with Sylvester is up with the likes of Tommy Smith and George Moore, Darren Beadman and John Hawkes or Freedman and Oliver.

Stats show that of Sylvester’s 236 winners, Thompson has been aboard 113 of them including a string of Cessnock and Jungle Juice Cups.

Aaron Bullock has the reigns on Sylvester’s third and final runner at Taree on Tuesday namely Duke’s County who has been known to bob up at odds.

That wasn’t the case when he resumed at $101 at Gosford in a Bm64 over 1200m late last month.

‘’He needed that run,’’ Sylvester explained. ‘’He might still need another one but he’s been a good ‘money horse’ for us on the punt anyway.’’


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Matthew Dale, the only trainer to have a runner in an Everest and Kosciuszko, will be at Royal Randwick on October 17 with Man Of Peace chasing the lion’s share of $1.3 million in the 2020 Kosciuskzo.

Three straight wins at Randwick virtually guaranteed the son of former Riverina stalwart Zariz a berth in this year’s line-up but evidentally he wasn’t the first in line.

‘’It did take a little while to unfold, as it turned out I think he was the eleventh one in but that’s the different dynamic of the contest and it just depends who draws tickets and their preferences,’’ Dale said.

“I am delighted to have him in the race. He really deserves his spot and I am looking forward to it.’’

Man of Peace’s HQ hat-trick were all run on Heavy tracks but it won’t harm his prospects if it happens to be sunny on the day

‘‘He loves a wet track and it can disadvantage a number of other horses but he has won eight races on good surfaces so he doesn’t need it be wet to win,’’ Dale said.

Granted the stakes are a lot lower at Corowa on Tuesday but Dale is every bit as eager to deliver a huge band of owners a debut win with the striking filly London Gal who steps out in the Brockelsby Station Maiden Plate (900m).

‘’She is a nice flashy style of Sizzling filly,’’ Dale says. ‘’She has taken a little bit of time to fully mature. We had her in a couple of races and opted for the easiest assignment and that was Corowa.

“She drew well and has got the services of Blaike McDougall so she’ll go down there to kick off her career.’’

London Gal is a well bred filly, her fourth dam is Travel Light whose feature wins include the 1986 Queensland Oaks.

Despite her pedigree and good looks, London Gal was knocked down for just $35,000 at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale in 2019 leaving plenty of room for profit.

‘’With the BOBS bonuses these days it really can make the difference to horses and that’s why she is racing at a NSW country meeting and hopefully pick up a BOBS bonus or two this preparation.’’ Dale said.


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