Ace Sydney-based hoop Tommy Berry needs convincing his mount at Canterbury Park on Saturday Thronum has what it takes to line-up in the 2016 Golden Rose Stakes this September.
The Gai Waterhouse-trained Snitzel colt is undefeated as a two-year-old having won both of his career starts to date.
Thronum will be out to maintain that perfect record on the weekend lining-up in the first at Canterbury Park with Berry retaining the ride for the $85,000 Happy 70th Birthday Martin King Handicap (1200m).
On debut the youngster saluted over 1000m at Kembla Grange on June 25 with Paul King in the saddle.
Berry took over last start on a Heavy (9) track at Randwick for the up-and-comer’s three length romp home over 1200m on July 9 defeating Morton’s Fork who franked the form with a Rosehill win last weekend.
Canterbury Park is currently rated in the Heavy range and Berry is confident his mount can get the job done again, even going up from 57kg to the 59kg on Saturday and even if the track dries out before Saturday.
“It was a convincing win last start on a heavy track and it’s unlikely Canterbury will be that wet,” Berry told The Daily Telegraph.
“But I reckon he’ll appreciate the drier surface. He gave me a nice feel the other day, like a horse that had more to come.”
What Berry does still need convincing about is whether Thronum is up to the class of a $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) bid at Rosehill Gardens this Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.
He rode Peter Snowden’s 2012 Golden Rose winner Epaulette to victory a few years ago, while Thronum’s trainer Waterhouse is yet to take home a Golden Rose trophy.
This year’s Golden Rose Stakes runs on Saturday September 10 and Berry said there was still plenty of time between now and then to see if Thronum has the maturity to take on the likes of Golden Slipper winner Capitalist and ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes champ Yankee Rose in the feature.
“He’s a fantastic type, carries himself really well and I’m convinced he has improvement to come,” he said.
“Whether he’s up to winning a Golden Rose, I’m not sure. But the race on Saturday looks to have some handy horses engaged and if he can beat them again like he did the other day, he’d certainly be on the right track.”
Capitalist, who resumes racing in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on August 6, leads early Golden Rose betting followed by the David Vandyke-trained filly Yankee Rose who crossed second in the Slipper before her Group 1 win over 1400m next start.
Thronum is also in the markets at around $26 for the win following the release of this week’s 2016 Golden Rose first acceptances.
Waterhouse may be yet to prepare a Golden Rose winner, but her record preparing star juveniles is outstanding including Berry’s wins for her in the Golden Slipper on Overreach (2013) and Vancouver (2015).
She has trained a total of six Golden Slipper winners with earlier success with Ha Ha (2001), Dance Hero (2004), Sebring (2008) and Pierro (2012).
“She’s a freak when it comes to two-year-olds,” Berry said of Waterhouse.
“And with Thronum she has given the horse the time he has needed and the rewards are there.
“He’s unbeaten in two starts and will be hard to beat again this week.”
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