Sylvester seeking more Queensland riches
A lack of opportunities for his horses in NSW has forced trainer Jeremy Sylvester to Queensland over the past few weeks – but he’s not complaining.
Sylvester prepares a small team at Cessnock in the Hunter Valley as well as pre-training horses for the Kris Lees stable and has been enjoying the warm climes of the Gold Coast.
He will have three runners at Doomben on Saturday including last-start winner Eagle Farm winner Buckmoore, a nine-year-old who has earned $43,000 from his three Queensland starts.
He runs in a 1020m sprint while Uno Five contests a one metro win handicap over 1640m and Convent Hill also starts in a 1640m race.
“These horses are getting hard to place in New South Wales,” Sylvester said.
“Besides I’m staying at the Gold Coast and it’s pretty easy to get up at six o’clock and put shorts on to go to work.
“It’s a bit colder in the mornings at Cessnock.”
To help the cause on Saturday, Cessnock’s favourite son, champion jockey Robert Thompson will go to Brisbane to ride the trio.
“Robert is a good mate and he agreed to come up and ride the horses for me,” Sylvester said.
“I think they’ve all got chances.
“It’s been a profitable winter exercise. Convent Hill won at Doomben two starts ago. She is also a nine-year-old but she and Buckmoore don’t know that.
“Buckmoore has to back up but I don’t think it will be a problem.
“I’ve been going back and forth to Cessnock but this time I’ve been here for more than a week to get ready for Saturday.
“We’ll all be going home after this and I’ll have to get back to work.”
Convent Hill won over 1615m at Doomben on July 27 before a luckless eighth behind Fast And Sexy, beaten two lengths, at Canterbury last week.
Buckmoore will be on a seven-day back-up from his 1000m victory at Eagle Farm while Uno Five is also backing up from last Saturday when he finished ninth, beaten less than two lengths over 1000m at the same meeting.