Jockey Tommy Berry is excited to return to Perth for the ride on the Pheidon who he says “fits the mould” for a Kingston Town Classic 2014 win on Saturday.
Berry was a young apprentice enjoying a weight claim back in 2007 when he first rode at Ascot Racecourse in WA, forced to travel for his rides with Sydney’s Equine Influenza putting a halt to NSW racing.
“When we went over to Perth that is where we really got a go along,” the now 14-time Group 1 winning Berry said speaking of he and his late twin brother Nathan.
“Nathan went better than I did, he rode about 20 winners and I had about 12 or 13 but that trip made us even keener to make an impact back home and it laid the platform to make a successful career as a jockey.”
Berry added it has always been a goal to return and ride a Group 1 winner at the track which he gets a chance to do that this weekend in the $500,000 Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) aboard livewire chance the Gai Waterhouse-trained Pheidon.
“One thing I’ve always wanted to do is to go back and ride in a Group I and that means more than ever now,” he told Racenet.
“To have a good ride is a massive bonus.”
The Al Maher four-year-old is one of a capacity field facing off in the Kingston Town Classic this year, Pheidon having his first run in Perth.
Two length winner of the Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m) at Moonee Valley back in March, the gelding is also Group 1 performed having finished under two lengths away sixth behind French import He’s Your Man in the Epsom Handicap over the Randwick mile this spring.
On the back of that run he narrowly won an open handicap when returning to the Valley, and heads to WA after narrowly getting beaten by Zabisco in the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m) at Sandown on November 15.
Berry hasn’t ridden the horse since the autumn when second behind Arabian Gold in the Group 3 Frank Packer Plate (2000m) but believes him a solid Group 2 and Group 3 type.
“(He’s a) good Group 2, Group 3 horse,” he said.
But he also doesn’t put the Kingston Town Classic out of his reach with the race suited to his type.
“Having ridden at Ascot I know it’s a track that favours tough on-pace horses and Pheidon fits the mould,” he explained.
“If it was at Belmont, I’d say no but being at Ascot good tough horses like Pheidon are hard to get past.
“You take his run in the Epsom and that will win the race on Saturday. He puts in 110 percent every time he goes around.”
Kingston Town Classic betting at Ladbrokes.com.au is led by a different Sydney raider with the Chris Waller-trained Moriarty tipped to improve on his third at the track in the $1 million Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) last time out.
He gets the chance to turn the tables on the local Railway Stakes winning mare Elite Belle and second past the post Balmont Girl, both of those gallopers looking to become just the third Kingston Town Classic winning mare joining Doodlakine Lass (1987) and Credit Account (1993).
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