Berry Picks Up Gold Symphony Ride In Golden Rose Stakes

By Mark Mazzaglia

Tommy Berry has picked up the plum ride on Melbourne colt Gold Symphony in the Group 1 $1m De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on September 12.


Berry was to partner the one time favourite Vancouver but following today’s announcement that the Gai Waterhouse trained colt would bypass Sydney $1m race for the three year olds and head to Melbourne for the Group 1 $1m BECK Caulfield Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 10.

Berry confirmed the booking to ride the Peter Moody trained Gold Symphony via twitter and said that he was wrapped to have the mount as his replacement.

“Wrapped to be on the new kid on the block Gold Symphony after the disappointing news regarding Vancouver. Thank you Triple Crown,” Berry tweeted.

Triple Crown Syndications, who race Gold Symphony, were excited to gain the services of the high profile Sydney jockey and also made the announcement via twitter.

“Thrilled to announce Tommy Berry has been booked to ride Vain Stks & McNeil Stks winner GOLD SYMPHONY in Gr1 Golden Rose,” Triple Crown tweeted.

Gold Symphony has been racing in outstanding form with three wins from only four race starts including his last at Group 3 level.

The Reward For Effort colt proved too strong for Top Me Up in winning the Group 3 $150,000 KS Environmental Vain Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on August 15 and backed that up with a win over Mick Price’s smart three year old Ready For Victory in the Group 3 $150,000 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield last Saturday.

The withdrawal of Vancouver from the Golden Rose Stakes has seen a new look market order emerge at with Gold Symphony now a $15 chance.

The John O’Shea trained Exosphere has been promoted to the top of the market order at $2.60 following his win last Saturday in the Group 2 $175,000 MTA NSW The Run To The Rose (1200m) at Rosehill.

Chris Waller’s two year old Group 1 J.J. Atkins winner Press Statement is the second pick at $3.80 with Exosphere’s stablemates Shards and Holler, the Gai Waterhouse trained Speak Fondly, Team Hawkes’ Rageese and Japonisme all quoted at $13.