Lightweight jockey Tommy Berry is ready to add to his Group 1 tally at Randwick tomorrow with the plumb rides of the Gai Waterhouse trained Fat Al and Glencadam Gold in two of the four Group 1s on Super Saturday.
Berry chalked up his first Group 1 victory on the Peter Snowden trained Epaulette in the Group 1 $1m De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehillon September 15 and the chances of him adding to that initial win are very good.
The young jockey has replaced Nash Rawiller on the two fancied runners Fat Al and Glencadam Gold after the stable rider was unable to make the low weights of the pair in the Randwick features.
Fat Al only has to carry 52kg in the Group 1 $500,000 The Star Epsom Handicap (1600m) while the imported Glencadam Gold was allocated 53kg in the Group 1 $400,000 McGrath Estate Agents Metropolitan (2400m).
Berry was quick to thank Waterhouse for the opportunity she has given him to be able to be aboard the favourites in two of the time honoured feature races on the Australian racing calendar.
“It was only two years ago that I started with Gai, and I wasn’t riding that well then, and she has really set my career on fire,” Berry said.
“For her to give me these rides in two Group 1 races and being on close to the best horse in each race gives me great confidence and I can’t wait.”
“I wouldn’t put it out of my mind that they are considered good chances, definitely with Glencadam Gold because I think he is the best stayer in the race.”
Berry holds a high opinion of Glencadam Gold and is very happy to be back on the Metropolitan favourite after winning the Listed $100,000 Motor Traders Association Premier’s Cup (1800m) at Rosehill on September 1 on the five year old two starts back.
Rawiller had to relinquish the ride to Berry after the Refuse To Bend gelding gave a dominant display in leading all of the way in taking out the Group 3 $200,000 Tooheys New Newcastle Gold Cup (2300m) at Newcastle on September 20.
And Rawiller was aboard Glencadam Gold’s only other Australian start, winning over 1550m in restricted class at Canterbury on August 15.
“He’s going to get a beautiful run in the race and if he doesn’t win he’s not good enough, it’s as simple as that,” Berry said.
“But I know I’m on the best horse in the race and he’ll have very chance to win.”
Berry will go forward on Glencadam Gold from barrier five and take up his usual racing pattern in the lead or very close up on the pace as he has done in his three wins to date for the Waterhouse stable.
Berry is hoping he can turn around Fat Al’s last start failure as an odds on favourite when ridden by Rawiller into third spot in the Group 2 $175,000 Ascend Sales Trophies Shannon Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on September 29.
Fat Al drops from 58kg to 52kg and Berry could offer some excuses for his below par performance at Rosehill.
“We wanted to be off the fence because the wind was quite strong across the track,” Berry said.
“The horses that were on the fence were copping the wind and the ones that were off the fence had nice cover.”
“Fat Al is as honest as they come, he’s tough, and Randwick’s not just a mile, it’s a tough mile and now he’s fit he can just shoot the breeze, he’s been to the beach and enjoying the ride.”
The Waterhouse trained Fat Al has come up the early favourite for the Epsom at $4.60 ahead of Chris Waller’s Shoot Out ($5.50) and Rangirangdoo ($8) with Ambidexter splitting that pair at $7.
While Glencadam Gold remains the Metropolitan favourite at $3.70 ahead of last start Hill Stakes winner Lamasery at $4.20.