Mystyko’s equestrian life after racing

Mystyko at the Woodford Show – June 2021

Quilly Park’s homebred Listed winner Mystyko has taken his new equestrian life in his stride.

Mystyko, known as George at home, was retired to Alison Sketcher’s stable on the Sunshine Coast 3 months ago.

Alison are George were featured on Thoroughbreds Are Go’s ‘Strapper’s Stories’ last week. Their story takes them back to 2016 when Alison worked with Mystyko during his two year old campaign on the Brisbane / Sunshine Coast circuit.

‘He was so easy to have at the races, he’s big but doesn’t know how big he is. He was always the highlight of my day’, said Alison.

‘When Trevor moved back to Victoria I begged and pleaded with him not to forget me when George retired. They didn’t forget me and I don’t think I would have let them.

‘I’m very appreciative of everything that Trevor Rogers and Richard Anderson have done for me. They love him as much as I love him and it means the World that they’ve trusted him with me.’

‘He’s so easy, so trainable and never puts a foot wrong. We took him for his first outing at the Woodford Show a couple of weeks ago. He was a little bit on his toes which was to be expected but was quiet in the ring.

Trotting out beautifully in the led class

‘He handled it really well, like the professional I knew he would be. He looked amazing and I’m very proud of him. He came home with third best presented Thoroughbred but it’s not about that, the ribbon was always only ever going to be a bonus for us’, added Alison.

The pair’s next adventure will be at the Brisbane Royal where Alison is entered into the led Thoroughbred class. She plans to turn him out for a proper spell afterwards.

With an eye to the future, Alison said: ‘We’ll get out under saddle next year and do the ag shows plus Thoroughbred day again, maybe even some jump training days – my daughter’s keen to see if he can jump!’

I am so glad that George is living out his retirement from racing with Alison.
She had the patience to wait for him and he’s going to be forever loved with her family.
Alison will give him the best level of care, I can only imagine how fantastic he is going to look as his body changes and he becomes an equestrian sport horse.
Trevor Rogers – Trainer, Quilly Park


Watch the Episode of ‘Thoroughbred’s Are Go’ below featuring Alison talking about Mystyko

(start from 23 minutes 50 seconds)

Suzanne Newman

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