Jockey Nathan Berry held on in a fighting finish with his identical twin brother Tommy Berry to win Sunday’s 2013 Goulburn City Cup aboard the Guy Walter-trained Any Day Will Do.
In a battle of the brothers Any Day Will Do ($4.20) and Taxmeifyoucan ($4.20) ridden by Tommy went stride for stride in the closing stages of this year’s thrilling $100,000 Goulburn City Cup (1600m).
On the line though it was Walter’s Any Given Saturday mare Any Day Will Do who held the (narrow) advantage saluting in her third straight win.
It took stewards a few minutes to deliberate over the photo and declare the official Goulburn Cup winner in what could very well have gone down as a dead heat.
There was also a protest from the connections of the beaten Taxmeifyoucan that was subsequently denied allowing Walter to celebrate his fifth Goulburn Cup win since 2003.
The beaten Berry brother Tommy firmly believed that a dead heat should have been declared for the Goulburn Cup result.
“I don’t want the placings reversed, but I do believe it’s a dead-heat,” Tommy told stewards after approaching the judge’s tower to see the print of the finish for himself.
“When you’re making these decisions, you need to be 110 per cent sure that Nathan’s horse had beat me to the line.
“(Any Day Will Do) has a white nose, which makes it even harder to tell the difference.
“I understand the judge’s job isn’t easy, but I don’t believe there’s a margin after I looked at the photo upstairs.”
Progressive four-year-old Any Day Will Do, last seen winning a Benchmark 70 over the Randwick mile on Melbourne Cup Day, showed she had plenty of promise with the Goulburn victory from the far outside barrier in a result her hoop believes went the right way.
“I don’t care if the horse’s nose is brown, there’s no green (grass) between my horse’s nose and the red line, but there’s some green between the red line with Tommy’s,” Nathan Berry said.
“I’m actually surprised it took as long as it did (to declare correct weight), and thought it was clear-cut once I went upstairs.”
Yet to be tested at stakes level there’s sure to be better things to come from the bargain $8,000 buy purchased for a steal by connections from the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
“Tom’s horse had the momentum and my horse was getting tired, and I was hoping we’d held on for a dead heat,” Berry told the Daily Telegraph on Sunday.
“My horse had a bad attitude today, she was sweating up and all over the place behind the barriers.
“She did a bit of work early, and at the 600m I thought to myself, `we’ll be lucky to run midfield’.
“To come out and win just shows her class.”
Walter agreed the Goulburn Cup winning mare was on the up-and-up, pleased after he decided to bypass a Randwick race on Saturday in favour of the bush feature.
“She’s getting better and better, and she’s done it the hard way today,” Walter said on Sunday.
Goulbourn Cup runner-up, the Gregory Hickman-trained Taxmeifyoucan meanwhile was brave in defeat.
Third last start over 1500m at Rosehill they appreciated a step up in distance, the Ad Valorem four-year-old seeing the mile for the first time.
Winner of the Scone Inglis 3YO Guineas back in May, Taxmeifyoucan had two Group runs earlier this prep but was luckless in both.
The better of the two was their first-up fourth to Riva De Lago in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1400m) where they were blocked for a run and struck by interference towards the end.
“For the horse’s owners, this is a Goulburn Cup, and you don’t get too many chances to win it, so we had a crack,” Tommy Berry, winner of the previous weekend’s Group 1 Singapore Gold Cup, said.
Hickman said plans for Taxmeifyoucan were now pressing onto the $175,000 Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick on December 14.
Rounding out the winning Goulburn Cup trifecta for 2013 was then John Sargent’s Cathay Lady ($6) who was only a long neck further back in third.
Race favourite, Scream Machine ($3.40), meanwhile was far from disgraced when under a length away from the winner in fourth.
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2013 Goulburn Cup Results
Goulburn Race 7 – 24/11/2013
|1||13||ANY DAY WILL DO||Guy Walter||Nathan Berry||–||11||54kg||$5.50|
|2||3||TAXMEIFYOUCAN||Gregory Hickman||Tommy Berry||0.1L||7||57kg||$4.20|
|3||6||CATHAY LADY||John Sargent||Blake Shinn||0.3L||9||55.5kg||$6|
|4||1||SCREAM MACHINE||Jason Coyle||Adam Hyeronimus||0.8L||4||59kg||$3.40F|
|5||12||MARTINVAST (IRE)||Gerald Ryan||Damien Thornton (a0/49kg)||1.9L||5||54kg||$26|
|6||4||PROVERB||Peter Snowden||Brenton Avdulla||4.2L||6||56kg||$9|
|7||15||RAPAURIC||Amanda Turner & Mauro Poletti||Lester Grace (a0/52kg)||5.3L||8||54kg||$101|
|8||2||AL DHAFRA||Terry Robinson||James McDonald||5.9L||10||57kg||$7|
|9||10||GLAD YOU CALLED||John Nisbet||Peter Robl||6L||1||54kg||$26|
|10||8||FOX SOLID||Garry McCarney||Jeff Penza||6.2L||2||54kg||$9|
|11||5||SKY RAIDER||Tony McEvoy||Grant Buckley||8.8L||3||56kg||$31|
|–||7||CAPITAL COMMANDER||Nick Olive||Ms Kathy O’Hara||–||0||–||–|
|–||9||HOME ON A WING||Anthony Cummings||Peter Robl||–||0||–||–|
|–||11||BACK TO ZERO||Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones||Richard Bensley||–||0||–||–|