Berry tough training schedule has Cup pair on track

Winning combination: Tommy Berry and Gai Waterhouse. The pair will combine with Tres Blue in the Melbourne Cup. Photo: Dallas KilponenIf he didn’t know any better, Tommy Berry could have sworn that he’s the one Gai Waterhouse is training to run the two miles of the Melbourne Cup and not French three-year-old Tres Blue.
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But Berry knows Waterhouse too well to second-guess her methods as she prepares her latest European import for the Cup. He also understands that the champion trainer is in a strange way training the young jockey just as carefully for the rigours of the race as she is her horse.

While Tres Blue has been settling into the Werribee quarantine centre, Berry has been doing his own trackwork, pounding out the kilometres on the road and the race track in preparation for his second Melbourne Cup ride.

”Gai’s got me running the track, two laps of Flemington every day just so I can get used to it, she’s training me more than the horse, don’t worry,” he said.

”She’s got me going from Flemington trackwork to Werribee trackwork then back to Flemington for training every day, so I’ll be here (Werribee) every day until Cup day getting familiar with the horse – it’s what Gai wants.”

Waterhouse has made no secret of the fact that it is the Melbourne Cup trophy that she craves most, recently announcing a major public syndication group that will race horses specifically for the purpose of winning the Cup.

And along with her runners, race favourite Fiorente and recent French purchase Tres Blue, Berry has become a crucial part of her quest and is now regarded as Waterhouse’s No.1 rider following a separation from long-time stable jockey Nash Rawiller.

Berry was entrusted with the ride on Waterhouse’s Glencadam Gold in last year’s Cup, his first ride in the race, and has been handed the reins to Tres Blue along with the responsibility for helping the young stayer to acclimatise to Waterhouse’s methods in the week before the race, a challenge that excites the young rider.

”He’s got great form behind him, it is just as good as Fiorente’s when he came out last year. He can be a little quirky but we can’t fault him at the moment but we’ve got a little bit over a week to the Cup, so fingers crossed it all holds together,” he said.

”I think he’s a better chance than Glencadam Gold. This horse can adapt to races a little bit better than Glencadam and he has a lot better form coming into it.”

Tres Blue has emerged as a Cup player this season in France. The three-year-old (four by southern hemisphere season) was a narrow winner of a minor listed race at Lyon in May and then runner-up in what was considered to be an average edition of the German Derby. But from there the horse’s form improved significantly.

A dominant win against his own age group in the Prix De Reux over 2400 metres was followed by a grinding victory in the Prix De Deauville, leaving star galloper Cirrus Des Aigles behind at the line. The horse was then sold to Waterhouse’s former racing manager Bruce Slade and his Round Table Racing syndicate for a reported seven figure sum.

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