“Old bugger’ could be one to watch in Country Music Cup

Brooke Stower will team up with Drachenfels in Thursday’s Country Music Cup at Tamworth. Photo: Bradley Photos.

There is no doubting that the Jeremy Sylvester-trained Drachenfels is blessed with a big engine.

The eight-year-old boasts a massive finish, but Sylvester joked that his galloper wouldn’t be any punter’s best friend. 

“He is a horse that needs speed on up front and you can usually tell in the first couple of hundred if he is going to be amongst it,” Sylvester said. 

“He always runs a respectable race but he needs that pace up front and he has missed out a few times.

“On his runs, he is one of those you go to back the next start but he just does the same thing.”

The Street Cry gelding, that has won five times and placed a further 22 times from 64 starts, is blessed with ability though and on Thursday will contest the 1200m Tamworth Country Music Cup. 

Brooke Stower takes the ride, and from gate three, Sylvester expects his gelding to get through the soft and potentially heavy conditions. 

“He goes okay on the heavy and on form he should be thereabouts,” Sylvester said. 

“He is better in 1100m or 1200m races, and over 1400m they don’t go along as quick but there should be some pace in that race at Tamworth.”

Stower, who had ridden the old stager at his last seven starts, which includes flashing finishes when running second in the Coonamble Crystal Sprint and fifth in the recent Inverell Cup, agreed with Sylvester in that Drachenfels was better than his record suggests.  

“He definitely has a big motor but it is such a pity he doesn’t jump better,” Stower said. 

“If he was midfield or closer in his races, he would have won five or six more by now.”

Connections have worked on the galloper and Stower said Drachenfels was improving as a racehorse.

“Jeremy is sorting him out with his jumping and he is racing a lot more genuinely,” Stower said. 

“He was riddled with problems when we got him but he is sound now and feeling good. He is just so frustrating because he could be a really good horse.”

Despite being judged as a 25/1 chance by the bookmakers to take out the six-furlong sprint, Stower believed she was on one of the better chances in the race. 

“Oh definitely; off his last run, he can win,” Stower said. 

“He is fit and ready to go. He is drawn well and I will be able to come out with some intention and we should get every chance.

“If he puts himself there, I’m confident he can win and I would love to win one on the old bugger.”

The Country Music Cup headlines an eight-race Showcase meeting at Tamworth and readers can click here for full fields.