Having proven his worth in major staying events in his native Japan, in-form hoop Tommy Berry is excited by the prospect of success aboard talented raider Tosen Stardom, who debuts to the Australian way of going in Saturday’s Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens.
Securing four wins over his short but impressive eight start career so far, Tosen Stardom has been brought to Australia to contest the featured Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m), boasting a hefty $4 million prize pool on Day 2 of The Championships.
Having partnered the son of Deep Impact in a Canterbury gallop on Tuesday morning, Berry told AAP he cannot wait to take to the saddle in Saturday’s 2015 Ranvet Stakes, bit is confident the conditions at Royal Randwick will suit the four-year-old more.
“I went and galloped Tosen Stardom this morning at Canterbury and I’m just as excited about riding him in the Ranvet as I am Vancouver in the Slipper. He’s going that well,” Berry said.
“He’s such a beautiful horse to ride. He’s big and strong and covers the ground well.
“He won’t be winning the race until the last 100 metres if he’s going to win it, he’ll just keep warming up.
“When you first start moving into his work at the 600 (metres) he’s just OK and then by the time you get to the winning post you can’t hold him slow enough. It’s big-building work.
“I reckon Randwick is going to suit him better once he gets there for the Queen Elizabeth Stakes but he’ll be hard to beat at Rosehill anyway.”
Winning each of his first three competitive starts, including the Group The Kisarragi Sho (1800m) in early 2014, Tosen Stardom raised his claims for a trip to Australia when comfortably beating a classy field to the line in the Group 3 Challenge Cup (1800m) at Hanshin most recently on December 13th.
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