New Zealander-bred racemare Polly Grey (NZ) (by Azamour) has given Chris Waller successive wins in the $250,000, Listed, Reward Group & Luux Properties Gosford Cup (2100m), aided by a smart ride from in-form jockey Tommy Berry.
Berry had planned to settle the mare midfield but when the speed wasn’t as fast as anticipated, he cruised forward to trail leader and stablemate Wu Gok.
The sprint went on before the corner and Berry got to work on Polly Grey ($2.80 fav), the mare striding to the front at the top of the straight and kicking strongly to hold Aliferous ($11) at bay by three-quarters of a length. Wu Gok ($12) ran his usual brave race to hold on for third, another two lengths away.
“She has been placed very well by the team. I know they’ve had this race on the radar for quite a while with her,” Berry said.
“I was a little bit closer than I expected, but a couple of the inside speed horses didn’t show as much speed, so I rode her like the best horse and it paid off.”
The Listed Gosford Cup (2100m) was Polly Grey’s second black-type success in her past three starts following her Epona Stakes victory under James Mcdonald at Rosehill in March. Berry believes the tough six-year-old still has more to offer this campaign.
“She is quite a big, strong, brutal horse. I rode her before she won with James and I had a tough run, albeit over a mile, and she was still quite big in condition … she still feels like she’s got plenty of racing [in her] and she’s had a few runs now,” Berry said.
Waller’s stable representative Damien Fitton praised Berry’s initiative to settle the mare further forward when the opportunity presented.
“Ten out of ten. That’s why you put him on,” Fitton said.
“The plan was to be a bit more conservative, probably a pair or two back, but she just got across beautifully. She switched off nicely. She was just too good.”
Waller won his first Gosford Cup in 2013 with Moriarty, and was also successful with Another Dollar 12 months ago.
Polly Grey (NZ) and Tommy Berry, picture Stevehart.com.au