ROGERS RUNNER READY FOR CHRISTMAS STAKES

Trevor Rogers is expecting vast improvement as he looks for his runner Mystyko to go one better in this years Christmas Stakes.

After having a solid prep in 2019 Mystyko ran close in last years edition of the race finishing second behind All Too Royal for the Maher & Eustace stable. 

Mystyko has had arguably a fair prep to date in the build up to this years Christmas Stakes having been unplace in 6 starts to date. In the horse racing world that's not exactly the form that pricks the ears however the 7yo’s final trial as well as the trainers comments do inspire hope. 

Ben Allen took the ride on Monday around Cranbourne in an 800m jump out. The gelding jumped fairly to tackle the task at hand before moving forward to take the lead halfway through and letting down to move clear in the straight clocking a respectable 46.88secs. 

The Rogers runner has followed the same prep as last year with the Christmas Stakes the main target for Mystyko and after the trial Rogers said that we will see ‘the real Mystyko now’.

"I've been happy with the horse all preparation, he's just come back off a long break as a seven-year-old and the weight wasn't coming off him," Rogers said.

"He had a lot of issues last time in work (through autumn), that's the reason we gave him the five months off just to get over everything.

"By giving a six-year-old five months off, coming back as a seven-year-old well you can imagine in what shape he came back.

"I've just been racing him, getting him into shape and even after his last run at Flemington he had a little bit of pudding on him.

"That's why I gave him the jumpout on Monday morning and Ben (Allen) is riding Sansom in the race but now he's tossing up whether he's got the right horse."

Mystyko has been over 4 lengths off the winner in each of his last three starts however his form at Caulfield is strong having had 5 starts, winning twice and placing twice at the racecourse.

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