Tommy Berry loved everything he saw from Funstar ahead of Saturday’s Golden Eagle, but the’ song ‘mare hit a sour note when she drew the outer door in the draw from the barrier Tuesday
The Chris Waller-trained Funstar was the reason Berry stayed in Sydney this spring, forgoing races during Melbourne Cup week, and he’ll be ready to make the most of a poor 22 draw.
“A lot of the speed and the odds are with me and it’s a long race to the first corner so it’s not as bad as it could have been,” said Berry “We will have to just walk in somewhere I’m pretty sure she’s to beat with the right run
« That’s why I stayed here. I could have been on something 20-1 in the Melbourne Cup or riding the favorite in a $ 7 5million, and I feel like I took the good decision for a while now «
Funstar remained the $ 4.60 Favorite Sportsbet on Tuesday night, starting as low as $ 4 due to the draw, but the Alligator Blood and Silver Eagle Flit winner at gates 15 and 17 respectively will keep her on his guards
Berry has never been on Funstar in a race, but did all the work with her last month after finishing second behind Probabeel at Epsom With each session on the mare Adelaide, her confidence increased and was only slightly damaged by the widest of barriers.
« With these mares, when they come into the zone you feel it It’s hard to explain, but that’s where she is, » said Berry « She’s right for the moment and is ready to reach its peak on Saturday
« Chris followed the same plan as him to win the race with Kolding last year and every time I ride her she feels better
« Even though I haven’t raced it, I’m watching it very closely in the spring and thought it was doing very well without winning. I have a feeling that everything indicates that it worked at its best Saturday «
Assistant Coach Darren Beadman did the honor of drawing the Godolphin Gate in the Golden Eagle Barrier Draw held on a boat in Sydney Harbor Australian Oaks winner Colette drew the best of the trio of Godolphin runners at gate six, which saw its price drop from $ 15 to $ 9 on the third line of betting
The former champion jockey said Colette would be the one he would have wanted to climb over Flit and Criaderas She has yet to win under 1600m but loves the wet track and with the Rosehill already rated at 9 and more rain forecast for later in the week she should get that deep ground
Colette also left Epsom three weeks ago where she ran sixth beaten by two lengths
« She’s a little superstar, » said Beadman « She took it all in front of her in the fall She loves soft ground, she relishes it » A very fit horse, very game, that wouldn’t surprise me to see it appear on arrival «
Silver Eagle winner Flit is at $ 15 after her poor draw, while Beadman believed Criaderas, who will drop by 10 and have a chance of $ 17, is able to cause a surprise despite her leap from the benchmark company, where he was beaten last Saturday
« He’s on the quick save after running some amazing sections on a rain affected track so we know he’s handling rain affected soils, » Beadman said
« I think he’s a bit of a rising star for us, a bit of a sleeper and he probably designed a perfect gate for him – middle of the pack »
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