Berry Confident in Pheidon’s 2014 Kingston Town Classic Chances

December 2nd, 2014

Partnering the classy four-year-old to several impressive results over the 2014 racing calendar, leading jockey Tommy Berry is confident Pheidon is more than a chance for success in Saturday’s featured Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot Racecourse.

Tommy Berry is confident in partnering Pheidon to success in the 2014 Kingston Town Classic this weekend. Photo: Sarah Ebbett

Tommy Berry is confident in partnering Pheidon to success in the 2014 Kingston Town Classic this weekend. Photo: Sarah Ebbett

Finishing a forgettable ninth in the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) first-up on September 6th, Pheidon quickly built to the task in finishing a close fourth in the Group 3 Bill Ritchie Quality (1400m) and credible sixth in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) before returning to the winner’s circle in the City Jeep Handicap (2040m).

Having since placed third in the Listed James Boag’s Premium Stakes (1800m) and second in the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m), Berry is confident the Al Maher gelding’s most recent results point towards a maiden victory at the highest level of racing for Pheidon in the 2014 Kingston Town Classic.

“His run at Sandown (Eclipse Stakes) where he got going before the corner on a very long straight was strong,” Berry told Perth Racing.

“You would think the Ascot track where he can kick around the corner and give them something to chase would be ideal for him.

“He has always felt like he had a lot of potential, but he has taken time to mature. He has ability, but what he also has is a big heart.”

Rarely offered the opportunity to ride on the west coast, Berry is relishing the chance to claim a maiden Group 1 in Perth aboard Pheidon this weekend.

“I have always wanted to ride in the big races at Ascot but because most of the horses who go there are Melbourne-based, it has been difficult to get the opportunity,” he added.

Securing a strong race record of four wins and a further five minor places from 14 competitive starts, Pheidon was a standout performer for Waterhouse over his maiden preparation through summer and autumn this year, highlighted by a close second place in the Group 3 Frank Packer Plate (2000m) and impressive victory in the Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m).

Leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best odds on all races at Ascot this weekend, including the Kingston Town Classic!