Irish-born apprentice jockey Tom Sherry completed a Sydney metropolitan race-to-race double of sorts when partnering Lord Olympus (by Olympic Glory) to victory in the first race on Kensington-Randwick’s Wednesday program, the $50,000, Impending @ Darley Handicap (1100m).
Seen to great effect when booting home Icebath (NZ) to a four-lengths win in the final event on Randwick’s card last Saturday, Sherry backed-up the success four days later with another accomplished performance aboard the Mark Newnham-trained 3-year-old.
Set the task of carrying 58.5kgs in the Benchmark 68 Handicap after Newnham made full use of Sherry’s 3kg claim, Lord Olympus took his record to four wins from five starts with a workmanlike performance which saw him score by just under a length.
Significantly, the progressive son of Olympic Glory (Ire) only had his first race start in late-August but has now saluted at Newcastle, Kembla Grange, Canterbury and Kensington-Randwick.
Apprentice Tom Sherry winning with Icebath (NZ) at Randwick on Saturday, picture Sportpix.com.au
In between his successive Randwick-Kensington victories, Sherry also rode a winner on the Newcastle program postponed from Monday to Tuesday.
In addition, Sherry rode a double on the Warwick Farm midweek program staged on October 14, and saluted aboard Blazing Miss at Randwick’s Saturday metropolitan meeting of October 10.
A rising star in the NSW riding ranks, Sherry already has a good foothold on the Metropolitan and Provincial apprentice premierships and looks certain to gain further opportunities while so many senior Sydney-based riders are fulfilling commitments during the remainder of the Melbourne Spring Carnival.
Lord Olympus scored by three-quarters of a length from Selburose (by I Am Invincible), who in turn finished three and three-quarter lengths in advance of Mrs Maisel (by Hinchinbrook) in third.
Winning time was 1m03.87s (last 600m in 34.50s) on a Soft 7.
SPs on the race were $3.20 favourite, $5.00 and $5.00.
Lord Olympus races in the interests of M D Holland, G Bachell, J G Boulous, K T Carr, T A Mesite, D J Mulcahy, K J Nichols, P Thomas, K P Watkinson, Zora Racing (Mgr: D Nicholas), The Shake It (Mgr: I N Bridge), Darby Racing Lady Zabelia No.2 (Mgr: S G Darby) & Rangers Special (Mgr: P Thomas) and has now earned $132,630 in prizemoney after being purchased for just $70,000 as a yearling.
Impending @ Darley Handicap, photo finish picture ATC