Tommy Berry is looking to forward to the return of classy filly Sylvia’s Mother and thinks there is much more in store for her than winter racing.
Team Hawkes will take advantage of the last month of BOBs bonuses with the daughter of Snitzel and get through her grades and ready for the spring.
Spring bound: Sylvia’s Mother has come back stronger and ready to win.Credit:AAP
“I can never really read their minds, the Hawkes team, and they don’t want to tell you anything, so I take the rides like her when they come along,” Berry said. “I’m very happy to be on her.
“They have a reason why she in at the moment but she is up to much better races.
“She has always showed a lot of promise and she did a lot in her first couple of preparations, which is a good sign, and she is better now.”
Sylvia’s Mother started her career in one of the best maidens of the season, on the first day of the season, August 1, when she was third to Ready To Prophet and Mizzy with Sure Knee in fourth.
After winning a maiden three weeks later at Hawkesbury, Sylvia’s Mother was spelled and came back with a hat-trick of wins before being a game fifth in Nakeeta Jane’s Light Fingers Stakes.
“She is a filly that is above average and she has come back a lot stronger this preparation,” Berry warned.
“She will handle the track if it is soft or dry, she is drawn well and she is probably going to sit midfield and there is a nice bit of speed in the race, which will suit her.
“I have to admit I have been really surprised with how much she has filled out this time. I have been on her a couple of times in the morning and in the trial and she gave me a nice feel.”
Sylvia’s Mother will look to become the first horse to win five BOBs bonuses for the season at Rosehill on Saturday and go to the top of the BOBs leaderboard. She forms a one-two punch of three-year-olds for the Hawkes stable to close the meeting along with Kapajack.
Punters have rallied to her from the time she opened around the $3 mark and she is now a $2 favourite. Kapajack is a $1.50 chance in the last.
Berry is coming off a winning treble at Gosford on Thursday, continuing his good form, which included a four-timer at Rosehill fortnight ago, where he won on England, which is another good ride for him on Saturday.
The Chris Waller-trained rig will be looking for the hat-trick after breaking his maiden during the Scone carnival.
“He is meeting a pretty similar field to last time and I think he is only better,” Berry said. “He is learning his race craft and riding him off them last time, he really found the line.
“He is the type of horse that is going to keep improving and if he does they are going to have a tough time beating him on Saturday.”
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