After an unpromising start to his racing career, he’s enjoying a renaissance and has just accomplished his 10th win from a hefty 78 starts.
Says Racing Manager Albert Bosma, “We looked to retire him as a late seven- year-old when he was failing to perform but were convinced by the majority of the syndicate to give him one more campaign. They knew what they were talking about – since then he’s gone on to win five races earning $60,000.”
The Simply Taro syndicate have their own theories about Pycok Flyer’s incredible second wind. Original syndicate member Brett Gray, who was a huge fan of the horse, sadly lost his battle with cancer in 2011. As Pycok’s career fast tracked from then, the theory is that Brett is riding him from heaven.
He’s a favourite at trainer Stephen Marsh’s stable in Cambridge especially with his track rider and former Group 1 winning jockey, Troy Harris. Troy came out of retirement to ride him at the end of last year.
Says Albert, “The 2012/2013 season was a record one for Go Racing anchored at both ends by wins by this plucky old guy. He’s the first ten-year-old we’ve ever raced, and now in his 9th season, he continues to astound us with his determination. He’s gone from a rating 65 to an open class horse.”
Stephen Marsh is equally impressed, “He was my first and 30th win for the season. He just loves it – if he’s not in work, he gets grumpy around the stables. We reckoned he’d earned his first plane ride to the Oamaru track – and didn’t disappoint us with his performance there. Maybe first class travel agrees with him?”
Pycok Flyer races again this Saturday at Riccarton Park in his 80th start over his favourite distance of 1600 metres.