Golden Slipper winner Overreach is on target for her Spring Carnival return with the Group 1 $1m Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill on September 14 firmly in trainer Gai Waterhouse’s sights.
The Exceed And Excel filly hasn’t raced since running third to Guelph in the Group 1 $500,000 Inglis Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on April 13.
Overreach became Waterhouse’s fifth Golden Slipper winner the start before when Tommy Berry pushed her up along the fence to finish too strongly for Sidestep and stablemate Sweet Idea.
Waterhouse confirmed that Overreach was going along nicely and ready to step out for a barrier trial in the near future.
“The filly looks great and she will be ready to trial soon and then have the one run into the Golden Rose,” Waterhouse said.
The Group 3 $125,000 The Run To The Rose (1200m) at Rosehill on August 31 is the traditional lead up to the Golden Rose run two weeks before the $1m race for the three year olds.
Berry is hopeful of riding back to back Golden Rose winners after last year’s winner Epaulette provided the young jockey with his first Group 1 winner.
“The Golden Rose was my first Group I win thanks to Epaulette and I’d really like to win it again,” Berry said.
Berry’s career took off after that and he went on to ride two more Group 1 winners during the Sydney Spring Carnival on Fat Al and Glencadam Gold for Waterhouse at Randwick.
Fat Al led all the way to take out the $500,000 The Star Epsom (1600m) and Berry followed that up in the very next race when he adopted the same tactics on Glencadam Gold for an all the way win in the Group 1 $400,000 McGrath Estate Agents Metropolitan (2400m).
Berry then went on to win the big two over the Sydney Autumn Carnival with Overreach in the Group 1 $3.5m Tooheys New Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill and Sacred Falls for trainer Chris Waller in the Group 1 $2m BMW Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick.
Berry’s Group 1 luck then followed him to Hong Kong where he was successful on the John Moore trainer Military Attack in the Group 1 HK$14m The Audemars Piguet QEII Cup (2000m) at Sha Tin on April 28.
Overreach heads the early market for the Golden Rose at $4.40 with Sires Produce winner Guelph the second pick at $7 just in front of Golden Slipper runner-up Sidestep at $7.50.