Lean and hungry Berry cherry-ripe to take on heavyweights

The primary got here within the type of Zou Tiger for John O’Shea, which jumps from a midweek win to the group 3 Ming Dynasty Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on Saturday.

“When the trip got here up for Zou Tiger at 53kg, it was a straightforward determination to make,” Berry mentioned. “Any horse that put an area on their rivals like he did on the Kenso as a flippantly raced horse is displaying what potential they’ve.

“I rode him in a bit of labor on Tuesday and he gave me a fantastic really feel. He’s such a gentleman to trip, and it made me even happier about the place my weight is.

“It’s a little bit of difficult alley on Saturday, however he has that good pure pace and early pace, so he has the pace to beat it.

“There’s not as a lot strain over 1400m, and I feel he needs to be high quality.”

Berry will even trip one among his favourites, Jamaea, at 53kg within the group 2 Theo Marks Stakes, and being at his preventing weight meant he may take the trip on thrilling filly In Secret within the group 2 Run To The Rose at 54kg. It additionally has him prepared for the massive handicaps later within the spring.

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“I’d be fairly glad to trip 52 in an Epsom or Metropolitan if it was the suitable trip,” Berry mentioned.

“It has been a pleasant development to get my weight down and it retains you centered and dealing exhausting.”

Berry virtually pulled Jamaea up after 100 metres at her return when runner-up to Zapeteo within the Toy Present Stakes and, on the restrict in a Theo Marks with heaps of pace, he thinks the four-year-old mare may get them late.

“I believed her first-up run was good. She trod on herself within the first couple of strides and I used to be actually nervous and considered pulling her up,” Berry mentioned.

“Everybody noticed what she did late, and I feel she is able to getting excessive of those late as a result of she has wonderful dash.

“Drawing mushy was crucial for her towards the boys. I feel she will get in very effectively on the weights and he or she might be within the end.”


Berry is glad to be on In Secret reasonably than watching her go away from him and a chat with James McDonald made him extra assured.

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“She has gone previous a few instances actually rapidly,” Berry mentioned. “It’s one among probabilities you get being down within the weights, and after I requested James he simply mentioned she’s fairly good.

“I used to be really on Spacewalk, however he’s going to Melbourne and, as a result of I can do the load, they put me on the filly. Arguably she might be a greater trip, and the fillies have had a little bit of edge this yr.”

Berry’s day will finish with Waterford when he takes the step as much as benchmark firm.

“He is identical grade of race as final time when he received with a bit of extra weight, however he’s a horse that’s simply getting higher each time he goes to the races,” Berry mentioned.

“He’s an thrilling horse and I can’t wait to get on him on Saturday.”

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