Overreach hasn’t been seen on a race field in just under 18 months, but leading jockey Tommy Berry is confident the mare can pick up where she left off – three wins and a third placing – in this Saturday’s Group 2 Anco Instant Turf Schillaci Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield Racecourse.
The daughter of Exceed And Excel hasn’t had a start since a third placing in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) last April due to a combination of little problems that have kept her away from the track, but Berry says she is back in great form.
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Berry partnered Overreach to a watershed win in the 2013 Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m), nearly two lengths ahead of Sidestep, and told RSN’s Racing Ahead the Gai Waterhouse-trained sprinter is his best ride for Saturday.
“She’s spot on, I think she can return to the winner’s circle and remind everyone how good she is,” Berry said.
The four-year-old proved she hadn’t lost her magic after a fantastic six-length trial victory at Randwick last month.
“She didn’t quite come up as an early three-year-old, so they didn’t start her and put her back in the paddock, but that’s definitely rewarded them because she’s come back (well),” Berry continued.
“She’s a lot stronger, she’s holding weight quite well now and her trial a few weeks ago was explosive, winning it by six lengths under a hold.”
The 2014 Schillaci Stakes will be only the second Melbourne start for Overreach, but after spending a lot of time training there in the last 18 months Berry is confident she’ll warm to the racing style quickly.
“She’s a lot more seasoned now, she’s a lot more mature and she’s had a fair bit of time in Melbourne for this run to get used to going around in that direction,” he said.
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