Nathan Berry admits to unfinished business with Sydney racing   Leave a comment

Nathan Berry admits to unfinished business with Sydney racing

“I was hoping to go close to winning the premiership this season but it wasn’t to be,’’ Berry said.

Jockey Tommy Berry has a strong book of rides at Randwick on Saturday as he looks to add

Jockey Tommy Berry has a strong book of rides at Randwick on Saturday as he looks to add to his 65 Sydney wins this season. Source: News Corp Australia

TOMMY Berry has put on hold ambitions to ride overseas because he has unfinished business in Sydney racing.

The dual Golden Slipper-winning jockey has been courted for Hong Kong but has declared: “I’m definitely staying put.”

Berry revealed he has a burning desire to win the Sydney jockeys premiership before he chases his international dream.

“I really want to win that title before I go overseas so it is definitely a goal of mine for the new season.’’

Berry led the Sydney title race early in the season but some overseas riding stints coupled with untimely suspensions saw him slip off the pace in recent months.

The champion jockey only returned from a three-week suspension at Grafton on Thursday, winning on Wisconsin. This was his 116th win on all tracks this season, making his most successful in the saddle.

“I’ve had a good break and took my family away to Port Douglas for a few days,’’ Berry said.

“But I’ve been travelling so much this year I was happy to spend most of my suspension period at home.

“I started back at trackwork (10) days ago, I feel really refreshed and ready to get back into it again.’’

Berry, who makes a comeback to Sydney racing on Saturday with seven rides including early favourites Leider and Darciwood at Royal Randwick, is also looking forward to be reunited with unbeaten Golden Slipper winner Vancouver and boom rising-four-year mare Najoom during the coming spring carnival.

“Vancouver and Najoom are very exciting horses,’’ Berry said.

“They are lightly raced with it all ahead of them.’’

Tommy Berry only returned from a three-week suspension at Grafton on Thursday, winning on

Tommy Berry only returned from a three-week suspension at Grafton on Thursday, winning on Wisconsin. Source: News Corp Australia

Berry said he has been particularly impressed with $40 million colt Vancouver since he has returned to training at Gai Waterhouse’s Tulloch Lodge stables.

“Vancouver is in great order, he looks a picture of health,’’ Berry said.

“We really don’t know how good he is yet. The sky is the limit with him.

“Gai, (stable manager) Mark Newnham and myself have all said that what this colt does as a juvenile is a bonus because he will be even better as a three-year-old.’’

Berry has a strong book of rides at Randwick on Saturday as he looks to add to his 65 Sydney wins this season.

Among his best rides are the Team Hawkes-trained duo Idance in the Mick “Crusher” Kerr Memorial Handicap (1300k) and Darciwood in the Bledisloe Cup Festival Handicap (1000m).

“Before the barrier draws I said to (trainer) Michael Hawkes that we need an inside barrier for Idance and Darciwood to draw out wide.

“Usually it goes the opposite way but it worked out perfectly with Idance in two and Darciwood to start from 15.

“Idance is not an easy horse to ride, he needs cover so he can switch off on the run. From that barrier, he will be very hard to beat.’’

Darciwood resumes in the 1000m sprint but comes off a very impressive barrier trial effort and is a noted first-up performer.

“I wanted the wide barrier as Darciwood doesn’t like to race inside horses,’’ Berry said.

“He likes to be ridden quietly early and from that barrier I can get him to the outside and let him sprint home hard as he does have a very good turn of foot.’’

Originally published as Berry’s unfinished business

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Posted July 10, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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