Slipper winning jockey Berry lands hallowed ride for Doncaster   Leave a comment

Slipper winning jockey Berry lands hallowed ride for Doncaster

Tommy Berry wins race 9 on Permit during Golden Slipper Day at Rosehill Races. Picture: M

Tommy Berry wins race 9 on Permit during Golden Slipper Day at Rosehill Races. Picture: Mark EvansSource: News Corp Australia

GOLDEN Slipper-winning jockey Tommy Berry has secured the plum ride on three-year-old Hallowed Crown in the $3 million Doncaster Mile at Randwick on Saturday week.

Joao Moreira’s name had been linked to the Rosehill Guineas runner-up, but Berry got the nod yesterday afternoon to team up with the James and Bart Cummings-trained colt.

The three-year-old, who has won six of his eight starts, will appreciate the drop from 2000m to 1600m as well as 52kg. Hallowed Crown ($8) is second favourite behind Japanese visitor Real Impact ($6), winner of Saturday’s George Ryder Stakes.

Berry is confident Golden Slipper winner Vancouver can collect the Triple Crown by winning the remaining legs, the $1m Sires’ ­Produce Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday week and the $400,000 Champagne Stakes at Randwick on April 18 .

Trainer Gai Waterhouse will monitor the condition of the $20m colt before committing to another race this campaign.

‘‘I haven’t made up my mind. I’ll make the decision that best suits the horse,’’ Waterhouse said on Sky Sports radio yesterday. ‘‘In my mind, he is a Caulfield Guineas and Cox Plate horse.’’

Blake Shinn, suspended for careless riding on the winner Sweet Idea in The Galaxy (1100m) at Randwick, starts his penalty after riding at Rosehill on Saturday and returns on the eve of Queen Elizabeth Stakes meeting on April 11, the second day of The Championships.

Shinn will miss four Group I races on Saturday week — the Doncaster Mile, the TJ Smith Stakes, the Australian Derby and the Sires’ Produce Stakes.

Bowman will start his suspension, incurred on Miracles Of Life in The Galaxy, after riding at ­Warwick Farm on Wednesday. He misses the Group I rides on Red Cadeaux in The BMW and Oaks winner Set Square in the Vinery at Rosehill, but returns in time to ride at Randwick’s Doncaster Mile Day.

It remains to be seen whether Red Cadeaux will start on Saturday. The horse travelled to Sydney last week after running a game fifth for Bowman in the ­Australian Cup at Flemington and has settled in well at Canterbury. He may go directly to the $1.6m Sydney Cup on April 11 and bypass The BMW.

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Posted March 23, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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