Sylvester out to keep good times rolling at Taree and Muswellbrook

Cessnock trainer Jeremy Sylvester has been enjoying a good run of results. Image: Bradley Photos.

Jeremy Sylvester has been sneaking under the radar recently, with the Cessnock-based trainer registering consistent winners across the state.

The 61-year-old has 14 wins to his name this season, with eight of those arriving since mid-February.

He prepared a winning double at Newcastle in late February while bringing up victories at Muswellbrook, Kempsey, Gunnedah, Coonabarabran, and Scone since then. 

At Scone on Tuesday, he teamed up with Robbie Downey and watched on as Capitamy ($11) held on for a gutsy win in the 900m Maiden Handicap.

“We thought he would run well,” Sylvester told NSW Country and Picnic Racing. 

“Two Sydney horses were in the race, one of which was Peter and Paul Snowden’s, so they are always in the market. 

“Still, his work had been good, and we were happy with him, and he won well.”

During his 35 years of training, Sylvester has ridden the ebbs and flows of the racing industry. 

In the mid-2010s, he trained 20 to 22 winners a season, but in recent years, anywhere between 10-15 has been the norm. 

Already on 14, and with over three months left in the 2023/24 season, Sylvester hopes to keep the winners ticking over and push on for a career-best result.

“This is a good run, but I have had better,” he said. 

“We’re getting a winner here and there and on a regular basis, which is all you want.

“All being well, we’ll get a few more, but it’s been a good season.”

When asked about his excellent run of results, Sylvester said a willingness to travel to meetings that suited his horses made all the difference. 

“I’ve had a bit of luck, but you have to travel,” Sylvester said.

“It’s hard to get a result around here. I got one at Scone the other day, but at the same meeting, Ciaron Maher got one, Gerald Ryan got one, and (Paul) Messara got two. 

“We’re two hours too close to Sydney these days, so I’ve got to look around.

“Plus, your horses have got to be happy, and I just try and put them in the right races that suit how they are going.” 

While there is no racing at Cessnock, Sylvester has a good training track and committed staff, which makes his job easier. 

“We’ve got a very good sand track, and it’s well looked after,” Sylvester said. 

“I’ve got a couple of good girls, and if we are racing at two places, I’ll go somewhere, and the girls will go elsewhere, and we just work it out.” 

Continuing what has been a busy period for his stable, Sylvester travels to Taree on Saturday, where he has three starters.

Selvam (Luke Rolls) will start in the 1412m Class One Handicap, Ransoming (Teighan Worsnop) is in the 1262 Benchmark 50 Handicap, and Cupid’s Kiss (Shae Wilkes) goes around in the 1007m Benchmark 50 Handicap. 

The Cessnock stable then races at the Muswellbrook on Sunday, starting Reward’s Daughter (Mollie Fitzgerald) in the 1750m Maiden Plate and Lago’s Daughter (Millie Thompson) in the 1280m Class Three Handicap. 

“They’re all a chance; there’s nothing special there but they are all in the right races,” Sylvester said.