Berry wants vintage Wine performance

26 February 2021 02:29:34 GMTPlus10

Jockey Tommy Berry is looking forward to partnering Master Of Wine in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes at Randwick on Saturday, as the gelding aims to bounce back from a difficult spring campaign.

Master Of Wine’s best efforts in the spring were a fourth-placed finish in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes and a fifth in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes and Berry admits he may have contributed to Master Of Wine's lacklustre preparation by riding him aggressively first-up in the Group 1 Winx Stakes.

"I tried to ride him on the speed and I was caught wide. I rode him to win that race instead of riding him to run well, he is a stayer so he had bigger things in mind," Berry said.

"Looking back, I probably gutted him a little bit. It took him a few runs to get over that tough, first-up run."

Berry was impressed with Master Of Wine when partnering him in a recent trial. The six-year-old gelding finished second to Accession over 1030 metres at Rosehill and Berry believes that has put him in the perfect position to bounce back on Saturday.

"I was very pleased with his trial,” he said. “He went super and he has definitely come on well since then. I've ridden him in a few pieces of work and he has really pleased me."

Master Of Wine will face eight rivals in the Group 1, with the field including the Chris Waller-trained pair of Verry Elleegant and Kolding, as well as Godolphin’s last-start Apollo Stakes winner Colette.

Master of Wine is 21.00 to pick up the win, while Verry Elleegant is 2.35.

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