Glen Boss fills Tommy Berry with confidence that Gold Symphony can shine
Tommy Berry says some words of advice from champion jockey Glen Boss gave him a huge amount of confidence that Gold Symphony can win Saturday’s Group 1 Golden Rose.
Less than seven days ago Berry’s Golden Rose dream looked to be in tatters when Vancouver was ruled out of the opening Group 1 of the Sydney spring carnival.
The Golden Slipper winner went poorly in a trial and the owners elected to bypass the three-year-old feature. Days later the colt was ruled out of the spring.
“It’s not the first time I’ve lost a good horse like that on the doorstep of a carnival, and it won’t be the last,” Berry said.
Then came the call from the Peter Moody stable offering him the ride on Gold Symphony, a colt that’s won three of his four starts but, as Berry puts it, “he brings something new to the table”.
“All his form is in Melbourne — he’s a dual Group 3 winner down there and has been ultra-impressive doing it,’’ the hoop said. “He brings a different form line to the table and so many times we’ve seen how horses in this position are underestimated.”
The jockey sought some advice from Boss at last Saturday’s Randwick meeting.
“Bossy is the best. You can ask him any question and he’ll give you the straightest answer,” Berry said. “He told me how the horse likes to travel, how he’s a casual type that will run 1400m with absolutely no problems. He reckons a mile won’t be an issue either, so I kind of feel with the small field we can dictate a bit.
“If they go slow we’ll rev up before the turn, and if they go quick he’ll still be coming on the line. I’m just happy that I’ve picked up a good ride. Usually when you lose a good one you don’t pick up another one this good.”
Berry’s first Group 1 victory came aboard the Peter Snowden-trained Epaulette in the 2012 Golden Rose.
Snowden has since handed the Darley reins to John O’Shea and the powerhouse operation has changed its name to Godolphin.
The blue army has a trio of three-year-olds engaged in the $1 million feature and Berry knows the team that gave him his first win at the elite level pose the biggest threat this weekend.
“Exosphere was very good in the Run To The Rose and Holler and Shards have undeniable chances with each of them coming into this in top form,” Berry said.
“But I’m happy to be riding this horse, he’s only been beaten once and we won’t know how his form stacks up until the race is run.”
$1m GOLDEN ROSE
Run Saturday, Rosehill
Group 1 (1400m)
1. PRESS STATEMENT C Waller T Angland 3 56.5kg $3.60
2. EXOSPHERE J O’Shea J McDonald 2 56.5kg $3
3. GOLD SYMPHONY P Moody T Berry 1 56.5kg $18
4. RAGEESE M, W & J Hawkes B Avdulla 9 56.5kg $17
5. SHARDS J O’Shea J Moreira 6 56.5kg $12
6. SEBRING SUN G Portelli J Cassidy 7 56.5kg $15
7. LET’S MAKE IT RAIN R Quinton T Clark 8 56.5kg $31
8. HOLLER J O’Shea S Clipperton 5 56.5kg $14
9. SPEAK FONDLY G Waterhouse B Prebble 4 54.5kg $4.40
BETTING: TAB FIXED ODDS