Jockey Tommy Berry has a strong book of rides on Saturday, including Angel Of Truth in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m), Rock in the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m), and Dirty Work in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m).
Berry didn’t go as far as to predict an upset against market leaders and The Everest slot holders Nature Strip and Gytrash in the Concorde, but he is quietly confident that Dirty Work won’t be too far away on Saturday.
“Off what he’s been doing at home, I’m really keen to see how he is going to go against the likes of Nature Strip and Gytrash,” Berry said.
“I think he got a lot of confidence out of the back end of his preparation in the autumn.
“Every time I’ve sat on him this prep, at trackwork or at the trials, he gives you the feel he just wants to win and he’s never been that sort of horse.
“His mindset has changed a lot since his last preparation, it’s a classic case of the boy becoming a man.
“I’m not saying he is going to beat Nature Strip on Saturday but I think he will go better than people think.
“I am really keen to see how close he can get to The Everest horses because they are the yardstick in the Australian sprinting ranks.”
Berry is more bullish on the chances of Angel Of Truth in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes, after the Australian Derby winner resumed well first up for the Hawkes stable.
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“He is my best chance on Saturday,” Berry said.
“He ran so well first-up. He was there to run well but I think he ran better than everyone thought because he still had plenty of improvement to come.
“He’s really come on since the first-up run and he should get a great run from that draw.
“Even the rain on Friday helped. He’ll love a little bit of give in the track, it would have just taken the fire out of it.”
Tommy Berry’s other ride for the Hawkes operation is Rock in the Tramway Stakes (1400m), who will prefer for the track to dry out a little come Saturday.
“Rock has always been a really good worker and he’s part of the reason why I’m keen to see how Dirty Work goes because they’ve been galloping together,” Berry said.
“He’s likely to get back in an awkward spot and get home with the flashing light. He doesn’t want it any wetter than a soft (5).”