The Cairns Post



JEREMY Sylvester says he will know after the field has gone 200m if he is going to win his ninth Jungle Juice Cup on Monday.

The “Cups King” saddles up the sometimes maligned but privately loved gelding Drachenfel­s in the 2021 renewal.

“He’s got a bit of a following. People say, ‘I won’t back him again!’ but I think they do. He’s always got ‘next time’ written all over him,” Sylvester said.

Despite only five wins in 59 starts, the trainer is adamant the eight-year-old’s desire and spirit is not the issue.

“He loves to work and he loves to race but he just needs things to pan out,” he says.

‘’You know in the first couple of hundred how he is going to go.’’

Drachenfel­s has had the flashing lights on high beam at two runs this campaign.

“His first-up run was very good, he probably should have run a place,’’ Sylvester said.

‘’He ran a good race again at Coonamble the other day but it is a lot stronger race on Monday, of course.

“I had it mind to go into the Jungle Juice Cup third-up all being well.”

Drachenfel­s will been ridden by Brooke Stower.

“She had 12 months off but is back now and is going very well,” Sylvester said.

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