Berry to Partner Politeness in Coolmore Classic

Group 1 winner Politeness has been included in 2016 Coolmore Classic nominations released this morning, and has been confirmed to be partnered by notable Sydney hoop Tommy Berry in the feature race for fillies and mares.

Tommy Berry will ride Politeness in Saturday's Group 1 Coolmore Classic at Rosehill Gardens. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Tommy Berry will ride Politeness in Saturday’s Group 1 Coolmore Classic at Rosehill Gardens. Photo: Steve Hart

Politeness has been a strong and consistent performer for trainer Robert Smerdon through her entire 29 start racing career so far but has undoubtedly found career-best form to date through her two most recent preparations.

Having been partnered by Melbourne-based jockey Dwayne Dunn in her two starts so-far this time, Berry told The Daily Telegraph he is thrilled to have picked up the ride on the daughter of Street Sense and is confident her proven ability at the class and distance will play into her strengths in the 2016 Coolmore Classic.

“She’s already a Group 1 winner and won her only start in Sydney,” Berry said.

“What I like about her is that massive turn of foot; she has the ability to reel off dynamic finishing sectionals that most horses can’t compete with.

“That acceleration is effective up to a mile and I reckon she’ll ready to peak third-up this weekend.”

Posting eight wins and six minors through her career so far, Politeness returned in 2015 for success in the Listed Bel Esprit Stakes (1100m) before placing sixth in the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville on May 2nd.

Unable to make anything of an impact in her next three starts including the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) on June 20th, the mare out of Berengaria was returned to the paddock with a view towards the Spring Carnival.

Resuming for success in the Group 3 How Now Stakes (1200m) on September 19th, Politeness continued her slick run of form through the Group 3 Cape Grim Beef Stakes (1200m) before posting a maiden win at the highest level with a commanding performance in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) on October 31st.

Ended her campaign a close second to Turn Me Loose in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m), Politeness ran second in the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) first-up this time before placing seventh in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) a fortnight ago.

The 2016 Coolmore Classic field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.

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