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Berry in the mood for more stakes success


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Tommy Berry might have been on cloud nine after a career-best weekend but his father quickly brought him back to earth.

Berry enjoyed black-type success last Saturday, winning the Listed Festival Stakes on the Peter Snowden-trained Dysphonia.

Victory in the $200,000 Magic Millions Wyong 2YO Classic followed aboard Karuta Queen on Sunday.

But on Monday afternoon the apprentice was back mucking out boxes at his father Kevin’s Warwick Farm stables.

Berry, who is indentured to his father, will be after a third feature win in the space of a week when he rides outsider Coniston Bluebird in Saturday’s Listed Christmas Cup at Rosehill.

“Dad brought me back down to earth, I had to work on Monday afternoon and Tuesday,” Berry said, reflecting on last weekend’s success.

“He just had me doing boxes (at the stables), just like I said to bring me back down to earth and it works.

“You start to think you’re going really well but you can’t think like that, you’ve just got to take every winner as it comes and do your best.”

The Bede Murray-trained Coniston Bluebird is a $23 chance in Saturday’s 2400m event, having not won since the New Zealand Derby over the same distance in March last year.

The stayer’s best performance in six starts this preparation was a 2-3/4-length fifth in the Gosford Cup (2100m) last month, won by Berry on Keepin’ The Dream.

The five-year-old was well beaten when 11th in the Canberra Cup last start.

“He’s had a few runs back now so hopefully he’s ready to do something,” Berry said.

Sydney’s premiership-leading trainer Chris Waller has a strong hand in the Christmas Cup with three runners including $3 favourite Strike One.

Strike One is on a seven-day back-up after his second to stablemate Beijing Boy over 2000m last Saturday.

Alexander Of Hales ($6) and Bellagio Wynn ($8.50) form the rest of Waller’s three-pronged attack.

“Strike One is the form one of the three,” Waller said.

“The distance will certainly suit him, he was just a bit one-paced on Saturday.

“Alexander Of Hales looks like he has come back well and he’s ready to rock and roll.

“And Bellagio Wynn, how do you read the form out of his last run?”

Bellagio Wynn lost considerable ground in the Canberra Cup (2000m) when he was hampered by Rockpecker when that horse dumped his rider shortly after the start.