Mystyko began his picnic racing campaign with a win at Woolamai on Sunday, January 7th.
Quilly Park’s home-bred Sakhee’s Secret gelding returned from a recent campaign in Queensland at the end of last year.
Trainer Trevor Rogers plans to use the Victorian picnic circuit to prepare the gelding for the next step of his professional career.
Rogers said, ‘We’re off to a good start. I’m happy with the horse’s efforts on Sunday, especially considering that he had to come back to 1,000m from 1,300m in the space of a week and showed that sort of turn of foot despite carrying a big weight of 70kgs.
Once it all comes together – in his body, maturity and his race saviness – he’s going to be the real deal.
Trevor Rogers, Trainer
‘We are learning more about the horse every time he runs. Recently we have learnt that he sprints well fresh, that he can carry big weights and that he doesn’t like heavy tracks.
‘We’re going to give the horse a few more runs in the reserve grade because of his lack of maturity both mentally and physically.
‘After his picnic campaign he’ll have a long spell to mature and strengthen up ready to have another crack at the professionals as a five year old’.
Quilly Park Managing Director Richard Anderson said, ‘After an incident at Sandown we decided to give Mystyko the next stage of his prep at the picnics. He may have lost a little confidence and his run at Woolamai was step one in rebuilding it as he learns how to race and win.
‘Sophie Logan is an up and coming apprentice who wants to turn professional. She made great decisions on the day.’
Photos courtesy of PicnicBet.com.