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TOMMY Berry told punters to give Yeas And Nays another chance at Wyong on Thursday as the talented jockey labelled the Team Hawkes-filly the best of his rides at the meeting.

Berry has a strong book of five rides at Wyong but was particularly keen on the chances of Yeas And Nays. The filly defeated Loveletter in a recent 900m trial at Rosehill before running second to Paris For Me on debut at this track on April 6.


Paris For Me had the sit on Yeas And Nays that day and just got over the top of her late but there was a gap of five lengths back to third.

Berry said the run was full of merit and believes she will get her chance to go one better from barrier one in the HMA Materials Handling Maiden Handicap (1100m).

“She is a nice little horse,” Berry said. “She has been doing everything right and the other day she did a fair bit of work up on pace chasing the tearaway leader and we probably got left in front by ourselves there (in the straight). She just ran out of gas (late) and she is only tiny.

Tommy Berry has a strong book of rides at Wyong on Thursday.

“From the good barrier, she will get every chance to win. She will learn a lot off that run the other day and she is my best ride of the day.”

Berry was also keen about the prospects of Just Dreaming in race seven.

The Kris Lees-trained filly is yet to finish outside the top four in all four runs to date and resumed with a solid second to Tennessee Hussy in a Class 2 (1400m) at Newcastle on April 8. She drops back to 1350m in another Class 2 Handicap and Berry feels she will be hard to beat.

“I won a race on her last preparation at Wyong and she was good first-up when she ran second,” Berry said. “I think she will improve off that and the Wyong track will suit her quite well.

“She hasn’t got an explosive turn of foot but she keeps grinding to the line and Kris’s team is on fire at the moment and hopefully it can continue.”

Berry will also ride Torchbearer in race eight for his father Kevin and feels punters should be forgiving of his last-start third at Nowra.

“He was a bit disappointing at Nowra last start but he was carrying a bit of condition with a month between runs,” he said. “He will be fitter and he has won at Wyong before. We will be positive on him.”

Bold Dapper (race two) and Vanzetta (race three) round out Berry’s Wyong rides. Bold Dapper has been beaten a long way at both his starts but you could make a strong case for Vanzetta.

She was disappointing at Kembla Grange last start but her two runs prior at Newcastle were both full of merit and good enough to win a race like this.

Vanzetta just has to prove she can run out a strong mile on Thursday.

Barbary up for challenge

GERALD Ryan admits running Barbary twice in eight days is not ideal but he expects the colt to still be competitive when he steps up to the mile at Wyong.

Barbary ran fifth on debut over 1350m at Wyong on April 19 and Ryan felt Thursday’s 2YO Handicap (1600m) was the most suitable race for him for some time.

“It’s not ideal backing him up after he only raced last Wednesday and he is going 1350m to 1600m,” Ryan said. “But there is nowhere else to go really with him for a month and he does give the impression he is a horse that is going to get over a bit of ground later on.

“He is by Animal Kingdom and he finished his race off quite strongly the other day and he has done really well since. As a three-year-old, he could end up quite a nice stayer.”

While he feels he will be a better horse next season, Ryan still expects Barbary to be in the finish. “He is a chance in that race,” he said. “The hardest to beat is another Animal Kingdom of Paul Messara’s (Table Mountain) who ran fourth in his race the other day.”

Gerald Ryan is confident Barbary will handle the step up from 1350m to 1600m on Thursday. Picture: Mark Evans

Ryan will also saddle up Comfortable (Race 1) and Fournette (Race 4) at Wyong and made a strong case for the former.

“(Comfortable) ran good first-up at Newcastle and he possibly didn’t handle the (heavy) track at Kembla Grange last start and was disappointing,” he said.

“He took a couple of days to get over the run but he has freshened up good and has worked well leading into it. It doesn’t look the strongest maiden around.”

Ryan has a nice opinion of Fournette but concedes she will be better suited once she gets over further. “She can get a little bit hot and she gets back of course,” he said. “Her first run at Hawkesbury she come from last to run fourth (last September) and she had a little chip taken out of her joint and that’s why she hasn’t raced since.

“She is a nice filly that I’ve got a bit of time for and she will get back (today) and will get home good but I would imagine the 1100m would be too short for her.”

Jockey Tim Clark has several major chances on the card at Wyong.

Ryan is also looking forward to getting Star Of Monsoon onto a firmer track in Saturday’s Hawkesbury Guineas.

“He went a lot better first-up at Rosehill than I thought he would on wet ground but he didn’t fire a shot in the Arrowfield (last start on soft ground),” Ryan said. “He has worked really well since and he is just hanging out for a dry track.”

The Hawkesbury track was rated a Good 4 on Wednesday with mainly fine weather predicted for the rest of the week.



Hard to go past Stonebrook who was pretty impressive first-up at Hawkesbury. He beat All Carisma who has come out and won since and he has upside.


Had an off day at Kembla Grange last start but her two runs prior were full of merit. She still needs to prove she can run out 1600m but she we are getting the right odds to find out.


Gets back a touch which is never ideal at Wyong but he gets some weight relief here and he is the best horse in the field. His close second to Sugar Bay Leonard last November bodes well for a race like this. The $5 seems generous.

BEST EXOTIC: Race 4 — Boxed trifecta — 2, 3, 7.


Clark only has four rides on Thursday but could easily leave with multiple winners. He rides major fancies Comfortable (Race 1), Table Mountain (Race 2) and Stonebrook (Race 5) along with Local Affair (Race 7).


Lees is only likely to have the two runners at Wyong but both are genuine chances — Amare in Race 1 and Just Dreaming in Race 7.