Tommy Berry seeking redemption on Mo’unga in Rosehill Guineas
A star jockey’s hunt for redemption will provide further fuel for trainer Annabel Neasham’s bid to claim a remarkable maiden Group 1 win with stable star Mo’unga in Saturday’s Rosehill Guineas (2000m).
Premiership hopeful Tommy Berry will continue his partnership with the son of Savabeel after the pair combined for a luckless second in the Randwick Guineas earlier this month.
Berry was left with a wall of horses in front of him in the straight before finally getting to the outside and rocketing home to finish runner-up to the John O’Shea-trained Lion’s Roar in the Group 1.
The gun hoop, who has won 30 Group 1s, is determined to avoid a similar fate this weekend.
“I am excited for his chances and looking forward to redemption,” Berry said.
“He was obviously unlucky not to win last start and since that exciting run has us licking our lips.
“His only run on a wet track, he won quite well up in Brisbane and he is bred to get through the soft ground.”
Lion’s Roar and Brenton Avdulla winning the Randwick Guineas as Mo’unga (right) charges home for second. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
TAB.com.au believes Mo’unga can turn the tables and have the colt as the $2.60 Guineas favourite, while Lion’s Roar is $4.60 and two-time Group 1 winning filly Montefilia is $5.50.
Mo’unga will go in search of his maiden Group 1 in just his third start for Neasham after joining the young trainer’s yard from Chris Waller when she took out her licence last year.
The three-year-old has been stakes placed in both runs this preparation.
“He is going super and is moving exceptionally well,” Neasham said.
“He is glistening in the coat and ran very well when unlucky in the Randwick Guineas.
“This is his grand final. The 2000m will suit and hopefully he has got his flippers on if the forecast is right.”
Mo’unga holds nominations for the Australian Derby, Doncaster Mile and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and all three will be considered after Saturday’s Group 1 assignment.
“We will see how he runs the 2000m,” Neasham said.
“It is always tempting to go to a Doncaster with a three-year-old with a light weight, so that is always an option.
“There is the Doncaster, the Derby and, if he is really flying, even the Queen Elizabeth but we will get Saturday out of the way first.”
Annabel Neasham says there are plenty of options for Mo’unga if he can win the Rosehill Guineas. Picture: Getty Images for Australian Turf ClubSource:Getty Images
Meanwhile, Neasham will also saddle up her first Golden Slipper runner on Saturday with Queen Of Wizardry finding her way into the $3.5 million field.
The filly was 41st in the order of entry for the Slipper but a high attrition rate has seen her rewarded with a chance in the 1200m sprint.
“We are absolutely delighted that she has made the final field,” Neasham said.
“She worked extremely well on Tuesday morning and most of these horses are lining up and it’s their grand final, for her it’s her first start this prep.
“She still has some residual fitness and I think if the track comes up wet, I suppose we don’t know until we see her on it, but she is bred to swim.”
Queen Of Wizardry is $81 to win the Golden Slipper.
Originally published asMo’unga redemption has team ‘licking our lips’
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