Tommy Berry’s approach accept abundantly brought Able Friend baffled ahead and the Australian jockey will be out to cull off addition acknowledged arrest mission aboard Helene Paragon in Sunday’s Group One Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup at Sha Tin.
Three years ago, Berry spelled out absolutely how he would exhausted Able Friend in the 2014 Hong Kong Classic Cup aboard Designs On Rome and afresh did the aforementioned in the BMW Hong Kong Derby with alluringly advised and chiefly assured rides.
Helene Paragon denticulate a advance top-level win aftermost alpha for Berry in the Group One Stewards’ Cup, with Able Friend advised afflicted not to accept won afterwards jockey Joao Moreria was blocked for runs, and the brace affray afresh as a bright top two in action aback at 1,400m.
“Obviously at this trip, Able Friend is the best horse in the race, and he was afflicted aftermost start,” Berry admitted.
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“But antecedent to his aftermost win, Helene Paragon was afflicted as well. Both horses are backmarkers and sometimes it comes with the territory, they get back, and they charge luck. Still, I don’t anticipate Able Friend was at his best aftermost time and had abundant time to get to me if he was at his top.
“I accept the appropriate horse won aftermost alpha but there will be no excuses appear Sunday, both horses will be on top of their game.”
Although Berry, aback talking accessible approach for Sunday’s race, wasn’t “calling his shot” as he did aback admiration absolutely how that acclaimed Classic Cup would comedy out, he did see an advantage in actuality fatigued added than his capital rival.
“I’m admiring with the barrier, I can abide my time, actuality on the alfresco of the acreage and can get affective aback I appetite to, while Able Friend could be central horses and acquisition himself with some added assignment to do,” Berry said, with Helene Paragon fatigued barrier eight of eight and Able Friend in three.
Even admitting Moore maintains Helene Paragon would accept been entered in the 2,000m Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup had there not been a plan to go to Dubai, Berry still believes the five-year-old is added able at 1,400m.
“I anticipate 1,400m is bigger – over 2,000m he gets on the check and been too agog in the past. There isn’t a abundance of acceleration in the race, and that will clothing him as well. He will be aural his abundance zone, he has a 200-250m sprint, it’s about captivation him up as continued as possible.”
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A win for Helene Paragon would accept added desolation for access afterwards part-owner Wilson Woo Ka-wah died on Friday and will additionally accommodate an added allotment of action for the jockey.
“It was actual sad account and a win would absolutely beggarly a lot added now,” he said.
Berry additionally reunites with a favourite aback Designs On Rome goes for a third beeline Gold Cup, and additional beeline with Berry aboard.
Even admitting Designs On Rome’s best contempo anatomy doesn’t apprehend able-bodied on cardboard with the seven-year-old unplaced at his aftermost three, Berry saw abundant in a aftermost alpha eighth in the Stewards’ Cup to advance the above Horse of the Year should be favourite.
“He feels like he is the underdog now and a lot of bodies assume to accept abandoned about him,” Berry said.
“But if he is at his best, you’d accept to say that this is one of his easiest assignments. I watched that epitomize of his aftermost run 10 or 12 times and the added I watched it, the added I admired it. He was on and off the bit as usual, but you attending at the allowance amid Designs On Rome and Werther aback they turn, and afresh he is aural a breadth off him at the accomplishment line.
“The key ability be the baby field, he can be aback aftermost area he commonly is but still be aural arresting distance. His balloon and assignment back afresh accept been abundant and John is over the moon with him.”