Tamworth Cup 2017: Jeremy Sylvester hopes patience pays off with Queensberry Rules

THE last time Queensberry Rules raced it was on the famed Newmarket course in England with one of the world’s best jockeys, Ryan Moore, aboard.
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HARD YARDS: Queensberry Rules, closest to camera, during trials for Gai Waterhouse in June 2015. Picture: Gai Waterhouse Twitter

No one could have guessed that his next run would be two years and seven months later in the $100,000 Tamworth Cup (1400 metres).

Cessnock trainer Jeremy Sylvester now hopes itwill beworth the wait on Sunday.

The seven-year-old, a three-time winner in England, was bought byGai Waterhouse at theTattersalls Autumn Horses-in-Training Sale in October2014 for 85,000 guineas, orjust over $150,000 n today.

Waterhouse had high hopes for the syndicated staying prospect after a first-up trial win at Randwick in June 2015 but theTeofilo-Fantastic Spring gelding broke down with a tendon injury after having two more trials that month.

Sylvester, who specialises in getting castaways back to racing success, and his clients bought Queensberry Rules more than a year ago for just $5000. He has returned to the trial track twice this month for a second at Muswellbrook and first at Newcastle.

Sylvester had his fingers crossed the well-bred stayer, which won his first two starts in England but was 30thof 31 in his most recent race, could come through unscathed.

“He did a tendon so it’s been a long haul back,” Sylvester said.“He went sore once with me and I tipped him out for another six months. They said to give him three months and I gave him six, andI thought I’d give him another go.

“Touch wood, he’s come through the trials all right.”

Queensberry Rules, with Matthew McGuren aboard and carrying 59.5 kilograms, was a $35 chance with TAB Fixed Odds on Friday from gate 13of 14. Sylvester said Queensberry Rules was a difficult horse to place without striking a heavy handicap.

“Sometimes they can overrate them when they come from overseas,” he said. “He’s a benchmark 87 but he’s only a class three horse.

“He’s got a terrible draw but we’ve got to start him somewhere.”

Sylvester also has Chrysolaus, with Rachael Murray to ride, in the race. The five-year-old gelding was a $15 shot.

“It’s histhird run back from a spell and I’m happy with him,” the trainer said. “It’s a very good field. The club would be very happy with the field.”

Scone trainer Rod Northam’s After All That, with Robert Thompson aboard, is also in the Cup.

On Saturday, Newcastle trainer Kris Lees’ Rosa Carolina and Scone trainer Paul Messara’s Caerless Choice will contest the $200,000 group 3 Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m).

Meanwhile, Racing NSW announced on Friday that the $30,000 Cessnock Cup had been moved from June 5 to November 24 and the $32,000 Jungle Juice Cupfrom July 17 to October 13.

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