Star jockey Tommy Berry’s growing belief in Golden Slipper hopeful Stay Inside is starting to match the soaring confidence he had in Overreach and Vancouver before they won the world’s richest juvenile race.
“Stay Inside has the form on the board and James McDonald has nothing but praise for this colt,’’ Berry said.
“I probably don’t have quite the same level of confidence as I had before I won the Golden Slipper on Overreach (2013) and Vancouver (2015) as they were the standout two-year-olds in those seasons, and this is a more open Golden Slipper and my colt will have to be at his best.
“But I rode Stay Inside trackwork on Tuesday morning, he feels great and I feel I’m on the right horse for the race.’’
Tommy Berry won his last Golden Slipper on Vancouver in 2015. Picture: Mark EvansSource:News Corp Australia
Berry has his first race-ride on the Richard and Michael Freedman-trained Stay Inside, the $5 second favourite behind Profiteer ($3.50) in the $3.5 million Longines Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.
“Stay Inside has had a really good preparation, the team is very happy with him and he has been an easy horse to train for the Golden Slipper,’’ Berry said. “He performs well on wet or dry, he races on the speed but doesn’t have to lead where the real pressure is on.
“There are a lot of jockeys that will need to make decisions early in the race but my job will be a little easier as I can put Stay Inside where he is happy in the run. I’d like to be close to Profiteer – it would be nice to stalk that horse as he will take me into the race.’’
The Golden Slipper meeting is the only raceday in the southern hemisphere that boasts five Group 1 races on the program – and Berry has favoured rides in each of the majors.
Stay Inside is second favourite in the Golden Slipper. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
They include favourites Mo’unga ($2.60) for the $600,000 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) and Funstar ($4.20) for the $1 million George Ryder Stakes (1500m).
Mo’unga and Berry are out for revenge in a return clash with their last start Randwick Guineas conqueror, Lion’s Roar.
“I thought Mo’unga’s run the other day has put the writing on the wall,’’ Berry said.
“The 2000m should be right up his alley, he’s won on a heavy track and I galloped him on softish ground on the course proper at Warwick Farm last Saturday and he felt really well.
“But I have a lot of respect for Lion’s Roar. The Randwick Guineas wasn’t his ‘Grand Final’ either so this is going to be a top race.’’
Funstar has finished fourth in both the Apollo Stakes and Chipping Norton Stakes and is primed to give trainer Chris Waller a remarkable eighth George Ryder Stakes since 2010.
“I think Chris Waller has planned a perfect preparation for Funstar and has had the Ryder on her agenda leading into the Doncaster Mile,’’ Berry said. “Funstar sets up perfectly here, she will settle in the first four of five and she does enjoy wet tracks.’’
Tommy Berry will ride Master Of Wine in the Ranvet Stakes on Saturday. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
Berry’s other Group 1 Rosehill rides are on Master Of Wine ($9) who is taking on superstars Verry Elleegant and Addeybb in the $700,000 Ranvet Stakes and Dirty Work ($12) is in a very competitive $700,00 The Galaxy (1100m).
“I was happy with Master Of Wine’s Chipping Norton run and he goes to a new level on soft ground,’’ Berry said. “Addeybb and Verry Elleegant are two of the very best horses and they are great wet-trackers but all I can say is Master Of Wine is going very well.
“Dirty Work has come of age and I was talking to Kerrin McEvoy the other day and he felt the horse should have won the Oakleigh Plate with even luck. He got through the wet really well in his trial on Monday and he always seems to fly under the radar.’’
BERRY’S FAB FIVE
Tommy Berry’s Group 1 rides for Slipper Day
$3.5 million Golden Slipper – Stay Inside ($5)
$1 million George Ryder – Funstar ($4.20f)
$600,000 Rosehill Guineas – Mo’unga ($2.60f)
$700,000 Ranvet Stakes – Master Of Wine ($9)
$700,000 The Galaxy – Dirty Work ($12)
Originally published asInside edge: Colt fills Berry with confidence for third Slipper
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