Tommy Berry has extra incentive to continue his form surge over the final 10 metropolitan meetings of the season including Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.
Berry, who rode a four-timer at Randwick last Saturday, needs eight more city wins for his best Sydney season of his career. With a competitive book of eight rides at Rosehill, Berry is hoping to get closer to his personal best of 77 Sydney wins set last season.
“I’ve got 70 wins so far and I’ve got my sights of getting past 77 wins, it gives me something to aim at over the next month or so,’’ Berry said.
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Tommy Berry is keen to back up his four winners from last Saturday with another big haul at Rosehill Gardens. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
“Overall, I’ve had a very good season, I’m going to be top three in the Sydney premiership. Hughie Bowman and Kerrin McEvoy are going to finish behind me and they are two of the world’s best jockeys.
“I’d like to win the premiership one year but that’s going to be hard when there are so many good jockeys in Sydney.
“I need to have a breakout season to do it and I’ve got to keep improving every year. I’ve had a few suspensions this season and that is one area I know I need to cut out those mistakes and do better.’’
Berry believes his recent form has coincided with the relaxation of some of the coronavirus-imposed protocols which had prevented metropolitan jockeys from riding outside of city meetings and at only one trackwork session week.
“I prefer to be riding a lot so to have those restrictions was not something I was used to,’’ Berry said. “It was good at the start as I could spend more time with the kids but I need that continuity with my riding.
“I like to ride trackwork three or four mornings a week, I usually ride at three race meetings at least every week, and there is also barrier trials. We are starting to get back to a more normal routine now and I feel that definitely helps my riding.’’
At Saturday’s Rosehill meeting, Berry is bullish about his chances on the talented but luckless Trumbull, a $7 chance in early TAB Fixed Odds betting for the Listed $150,000 Civic Stakes (1350m).
Tommy Berry is within reach of his best haul of winners in Sydney in a season. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
Berry hasn’t won a Civic Stakes yet but a victory on Trumbull would mean a lot to him as this race was the first stakes race winner ridden by the jockey’s late twin brother, Nathan, who won on Malavio in 2012.
The Kim Waugh-trained Trumbull has been racing well without winning in recent weeks but gets his chance tomorrow with Berry to ride the gelding at 54kg.
“Trumbull has been in really good form and last start, he didn’t get out until late so it was almost like a barrier trial,’’ Berry said of the sprinter’s fast-finishing second to True Detective two weeks ago.
“I think he goes into this race with fresh legs and Kim has him in great order. I hope he jumps and puts himself into a position, but even if he does settle back in the field, he can produce a brilliant turn of foot, particularly with his light weight.’’
Berry stays on the resolute frontrunner Terwilliker for the $100,000 Stayer’s Cup (3200m) after the pair combined for an exciting all-the-way win over the Randwick 2400m course last start.
Tommy Berry is bullish about the chances of Trumbull in the Civic Stakes. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
Terwilliker did contest the Stayer’s Cup last year, finishing fifth to Azuro, but trainer Anthony Cummings and Berry are adamant the five-year-old is better equipped now to handle the extreme distance.
“I’m sure he will run the 3200m right out, he’s a tough, in-form horse and the other day at Randwick he just kept going at the same speed throughout,’’ Berry said yesterday.
“He’s quite a nice horse to rate as he has a nice cruising speed and doesn’t go too keenly but it’s important to get him motivated in that first 200m.
“It’s not something I can guarantee with this horse so provided I get him to jump and be positive early, he will put himself on the speed and run well.’’
Berry also made a strong case for the Jason Coyle-trained You Make Me Smile in the De Bortoli Wines Handicap (1100m).
The Jason Coyle-trained You Make Me Smile is resuming from a spell but Berry was impressed by the sprinter’s effort when he rode him in a recent barrier trial.
“You Make Me Smile felt great when I rode him at the trials,’’ Berry said.
Originally published asBerry picks up pace in pursuit of personal best
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