2013 Golden Slipper favourite Overreach may be on the drift but jockey Tommy Berry believes there is nothing to worry about heading into the $3.5 million sprint at Rosehill.
Overreach is now at $2.50 after being as short as $2.10 on Wednesday as money comes for her stablemate and proven wet-track performer Sweet Idea ($15-$10).
But Berry, who has ridden the Gai Waterhouse-trained filly to two convincing lead-up wins, remains unconcerned at the prospect of his mount being tested in wet ground.
“Gai, she doesn’t hesitate working the horses at Randwick if the track’s wet so she’s done a bit of work on soft tracks,” Berry told Sky Sports Radio.
“She’s by Exceed and Excel who handled the wet.”
Berry is confident he is aboard the best two-year-old in the country and described her inside barrier position as “perfect.”
“We’ve drawn a perfect barrier for the day and she’s a filly with plenty of speed, she should be able to put herself into a good spot,” he said.
Berry is searching for his first Golden Slipper win after partnering Overreach to a six-length win in the Widden Stakes and a 4 1/2 length romp in the Moet and Chandon.
Many have suggest the inside barrier could be Overreach’s downfall but like Pierro last year, her trainer thinks it is a positive.
“This could be the same this year. The quickest way to the winning post is along the rails,” Waterhouse said.
Second favourite in the Slipper is Sidestep ($9) who is backing up just seven days after winning the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes.
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