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Perfect start to career for $25,000 purchase Syphax: G2 Gimcrack next

July 9 

Syphax, a $25,000 yearling purchase by Chad Schumer on behalf of Johnny Collins’ Brown Island Stables, made the perfect start to his racing career on Friday when running out the easy winner of his debut at Musselburgh.

The son of Arch, trained by Kevin Ryan, was sent off at 2/1 for the 7 furlong contest and only had to be stoked up by Tom Eaves to overcome the favourite Lucky Esteem and score by three-quarters of a length. The Queen’s Elementary ran third – it was a special day for Musselburgh in that the Queen made the trip to the track to celebrate its 200th anniversary and watch her colt run in person.

Eaves was suitably impressed with the colt, telling the Racing Post: “I think the world of Syphax. His home work is very good and I thought he might win today. He was very green and he will have learned a lot.”

The Racing Post, meanwhile, commented: “This was a bright start from this well-regarded colt who holds a Gimcrack entry, and he should have learned plenty from the experience.”

Bred by Pin Oak Stud, Syphax is the third foal out of Listed winner Much Obliged, a Kingmambo half-sister to Grade 3 winner Bedanken and the Grade 2-placed Free Thinking.

Purchased for $25,000 as a yearling, he was beautifully prepared by Johnny Collins for the Arqana Breeze-up Sale at Deauville in May, where he realised €100,000 to agent Stephen Hillen.


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