Cessnock trainer Jeremy Sylvester hopes a close second last time around at Muswellbrook is a sign Drachenfels can break his drought in the Bengalla Cup (1280 metres) at the track on Sunday.
Sylvester bought the former Godolphin and Bjorn Baker-trained gelding at a tried horse sale for $30,000 and syndicated him.
Now seven, Drachenfels has placed three times in eight tries for Sylvester without breaking his winless run across 30 starts. His most recent win was in December 2017 at Rosehill.
The closest he has come for Sylvester was a neck second to Joy For Us on a heavy 10 at Muswellbrook two starts ago in the Aberdeen Cup (1300m).
"He's a bit of a gunna," Sylvester said.
"He always sucks people in ... back me next time. He's been doing that all his life. But he's been running consistently since I've had him and that's all you can ask for.
"He ran second in the Aberdeen Cup, and this is probably a similar race to that.
"The owners are having a bit of fun with him. It would be good to get a win for them, but he's been consistent."
Robert Thompson has the ride on Drachenfels, which has gate four and was a $6 chance with TAB Fixed Odds. Sylvester also has Schubert ($16) in the race. The former Godolphin and Aquis Farm-owned gelding has had one, unplaced run for Sylvester, who bought him for $4000.
"It just went around the other day, and it will take a couple more starts," he said.
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