Patience … Tommy Berry on Diamond Drille.Christian Reith shrugged off a misadventure on barrier problem child Parfuri to lift Gold Epona to a last-stride win in the Australian Turf Club Handicap (1200m). Barely 40 minutes after escaping injury when highly touted Darley juvenile and late scratching Parfuri reared and then sat down in the stalls before the first race, Reith squeezed enough out of Kris Lees’s mare to beat Almighty Charge and Adaboy Ross in a blanket finish. ”I said to Kris after she won at Wyong, ‘She’s in for a good prep’,” Reith said. ”I think if the track wasn’t this heavy she picks up the other two quite quickly. It took just a little bit longer in the wet.” Lees, who revealed that promising stayer Award Season was heading south for the Mornington Cup, saved Gold Epona for the race after she was entered at Wyong on Thursday. ”She drew the outside gate in the last race on what we thought would be a cutting-up track, but it raced quite well there,” he said. ‘
BERRY’S PATIENCE PAYS
A patient ride and the removal of blinkers aided Diamond Drille in halting the unbeaten run of a pair of Chris Waller fillies in the tab杭州夜网m.au Handicap (1400m). Tommy Berry angled the Al Maher three-year-old to the centre of the track, swamping Waller’s Royal Descent in the final 100 metres, with bush filly Al Nova sticking on well for second. ”She’s probably a couple of classes better in the wet,” Berry said of Diamond Drille after wearing the same colours made famous by the soon-to-be-resuming Pierro. ”Taking the blinkers off was a massive asset, because the pace was very muddling. Every time I asked her to come back she really relaxed, and she still did a few things wrong wanting to hang in. Once we straightened up at the 200m, she really let down well. She’s a horse going places.” Royal Descent and resuming stablemate Hoybell had unblemished records from two starts each before Saturday. ”She got through it all right, but just didn’t have the dash,” Royal Descent jockey Corey Brown said.
Mark Newnham hasn’t ridden in a race for almost 18 months, but he will be the envy of almost every jockey in Australia when he partners Pierro in the horse’s first public outing in three months on Tuesday. Racing’s first lady, Gai Waterhouse, said Newnham, her stable foreman, would be legged aboard the flashy colt for a morning hitout at Rosehill. Pierro’s regular partner, Nash Rawiller, is edging towards a return to the saddle from a broken ankle suffered in December. ”You’ll see him here on Tuesday trialling, and I’m bringing out of retirement Mark Newnham,” Waterhouse declared. ”Because Nash is indisposed I wanted a jockey who knew the horse well, so Mark’s coming out of retirement to ride him.” Newnham joked with Rawiller, who was trackside with TVN commitments, that he wouldn’t be handing over the reins once he had them.
JON KEEPS BOSS HAPPY
Veteran rider Jon Grisedale was seen leaving the Rosehill stewards’ room at high speed yesterday, and with good reason. The Kembla Grange-based jockey had just finished piloting Power Alert in the two-year-old race but barely had time to discuss the horse’s effort. He was straight back on the road bound for Wollongong, where he had an important booking for his wife and local trainer Donna. The trip was worthwhile. Grisedale finished second on longshot Bruadar at Kembla, presumably to the delight of his wife, and won on Beaurockasawrus two races later.
ADAM PENGILLY and MATT JONES
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.