The promising career of Sydney jockey Tommy Berry took another turn for the better when he combined with the Michael Freedman trained Tropaios to win the Group 1 S$1.35m Longines Singapore Gold Cup(2200m) at Kranji on Sunday.
Berry flew out from Australia on Saturday night following his Rosehill commitments along with fellow Aussie riders Glen Boss and Craig Newitt who rode at Caulfield.
Berry had instant international success when he ventured to Hong Kong in April winning the Group 1 HK$14m The Audemars Piguet QEII Cup (2000m) at Sha Tin on Military Attack followed by a 3 month riding stint there which saw him ride twenty-two winners.
At his first day riding in Singapore, Berry familiarized himself with the Kranji track with a win on the Freedman trained Rite Of Spring earlier in the day.
Berry had Tropaious last in the field of fourteen and brought the four year old with a perfectly timed run to score by half a length from Orakei Korako with Dragonfly, ridden by Craig Newitt in third spot.
“It’s unbelievable,” said Berry.
“I was able to achieve something similar in Hong Kong.
“It’s great coming to new tracks, sitting aboard new horses and getting the job done.
“I had a plan before the race and with the little bit of rain I thought that would be even better for him.
“But before the race I had a bit of a change of mind. I originally wanted to ride back and come up on the inside of them, but the fence was chopped up a bit so I decided to come out.
“At the top of the straight I thought he was going to win, but then he hit a bit of a flat spot half-way down the straight.
“Luckily he picked up again and we were able to get there in the end.”
The Gold Cup win gave Freedman his biggest thrill in racing after moving to Singapore five year’s ago following the glory days of the Freedman Brothers under the leadership of Lee Freedman.
“I’ve been involved in some big wins back home, but this is my biggest thrill in racing,” said Freedman.
“To have trained the winner of Singapore’s richest domestic race in my own right is such a great feeling.
“I’ve been here five-and-a-half years now and it’s been fantastic for not just me but also my family as well.
“It’s a huge honour to win the race in a place that we call home and will continue to do for a number of years still.
“There is such a lot of history around Singapore racing and to be a part of it by winning this race is such an honour.
Freedman said that he only spotted Tropaious’ colours late in the straight after watching his other runner Super Ninetyseven who was up in the leading bunch before his stable mate swamped them to claim the prize.
Super Ninetyseven held on to run fourth while Glen Boss was out of luck on Musketeer who finished in eleventh spot.
Berry is currently the number one stable jockey for the powerful Gai Waterhouse stable and after riding fifty-five Sydney winners last season, as well as his twenty-two in Hong Kong, is running third on the jockey premiership with twenty wins for this season to date.