Tommy Berry hopes to share joy around with Loved Up in Wagga Town Plate   Leave a comment

Tommy Berry hopes to share joy around with Loved Up in Wagga Town Plate

Tommy Berry is expecting improvement from Loved Up at Wagga on Thursday.

Tommy Berry is expecting improvement from Loved Up at Wagga on Thursday. Source: Getty Images

TOMMY Berry is all loved up at the moment with his newborn son and the jockey says he will be feeling the same at Wagga today.

Berry will ride the Brett Cavanough-trained Loved Up in the Wagga Town Plate (1200m). The filly produced a brilliant turn of foot when she last raced at Wagga.

After settling at the tail of the 16-horse field, Loved Up was taken to the extreme outside and let down with a magnificent run.

She backed that up with another win in the Albury Guineas in a similar manner before the stable came to town for the Country Championship Final.

The daughter of Nicconi overraced during the $300,000 race and failed to produce her customary turn of foot, finishing sixth when beaten by half-a-dozen lengths.

“The key to her performance, or lack of, last start was the heavy track,” Berry said. “When you’ve got a turn of foot like her, you want the conditions (hard track) to be able to run the fastest sectionals.

“A heavy track usually turns races into a slog-fest and she’s not that type of horse.”

It has been 24 days between runs for Loved Up but Berry says that’s “perfect”.

“She’s having her fourth run at 1400m and her fifth for this prep, so I think that little gap between runs will help,” he said. “She’s also coming off a tough run on a heavy track and her greatest asset is her sprint.

“You’d rather see her with that extra few days or a week ­between runs.”

Trainer Michael Costa will be chasing a win with Nip Of Time at Wyong on Thursday.

Trainer Michael Costa will be chasing a win with Nip Of Time at Wyong on Thursday. Source: News Limited

Rising trainer Michael Costa takes his speedy filly Nip Of Time to the Wyong HMA Greenbank Handicap (1100m).

Costa had Nip Of Time entered for Canterbury on Wednesday but elected to keep the daughter of Time Thief for the 1100m assignment north of Sydney. Nip Of Time got the cash when first-up at Wyong over 1000m and has taken improvement from the run.

“We left a bit in the tank going into that and I’ve been really happy with her since,” Costa said.

Nip Of Time’s only run beyond 1000m resulted in a 10-3/4 lengths defeat at Rosehill, “but there were excuses”.

“The extra 100m here won’t be an issue,” he said. “If anything it’ll suit her as she should be more comfortable throughout the run. She’s a very nice filly and I’d like to think with even luck she’ll be right there at the finish.”

Originally published as Berry feels the love for talented filly

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Posted April 30, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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