$25,000 yearling Syphax retains unbeaten record in G3 Acomb Stakes
$25,000 yearling Syphax retains unbeaten record in G3 Acomb Stakes; Breeders’ Cup on agenda
Syphax, a bargain $25,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase by Chad Schumer on behalf of Johnny Collins’ Brown Island Stables, justified the high regard held of him on Wednesday when denying Best Of Days, an expensive recent purchase by Godolphin, in the G3 Acomb Stakes at York.
The son of Arch made an impressive winning debut last month at Musselburgh to prompt trainer Kevin Ryan to step the colt up in class.
Partnered by Jamie Spencer on this occasion, he missed the break and was very green during the early stages, running in snatches behind horses. However, he ate up the ground once asked in the straight to reel in Best Of Days and win a shade cosily. Lockheed, a highly regarded colt owned by the China Horse Club, ran third while Courage Under Fire, who ran second to Caravaggio in the G1 Phoenix Stakes last time out, did nothing for that form out the back.
“He’a a lovely horse with a great temperament and for the first furlong he was very green and clueless,” said Kevin Ryan, who saddled subsequent French Derby winner The Grey Gatsby to run second in the Acomb Stakes in 2013. “He’s just a big baby and could be a very exciting horse.
“He’s Breeders’ Cup eligible and that was always at the back of our minds which is why we stepped him up so far and so quick. We needed to find out now if we had something like that. He’s a very exciting horse going forward.”
Jamie Spencer was similarly impressive, adding: “He didn’t learn a lot at Musselburgh, so it was very much like a horse having his first run today.
“Kevin has always liked him – he asked me two months ago to ask [prominent owner] Dr Hay to buy him – and before he’d run he said he could be one of the best he has.”
Syphax was bred in Kentucky by Pin Oak Stud and is the third foal out of Listed winner Much Obliged, a Kingmambo half-sister to G3 winner Bedanken.
He was beautifully prepared by Johnny Collins’ Brown Island Stables for the Arqana May Breeze-up Sale in Deauville, France, where he resold for €100,000 to Steven Hillen and Kevin Ryan.