View the nominations for the 2015 Inverell Cup. The Inverell Cup will be run on Friday 1st January at Inverell racecourse.
|1||A LONG WAY||G||7||John McLachlan|
|2||A TISSUE A TISSUE||G||6||Andrew Gray|
|4||CASINO EXPRESS||M||5||Rod Hilton|
|5||CLEVER BOY||G||6||Wayne Oakenfull|
|6||EANIE MEANIE||G||7||Mary Moses|
|7||FINISHING CARD||G||9||Shane Edmonds|
|9||GREY COUNTESS||M||5||Rochelle Smith|
|10||HENNY THE FIRST||G||6||Mark Mason|
|11||HULA GIRL||M||4||Paddy Cunningham|
|12||ISLA POPPY||M||5||Wayne Oakenfull|
|13||KEEP IT DANISH||M||7||Sue Grills|
|14||MARKET GURU||G||5||Sue Grills|
|15||MEDAL AFRIQUE||G||5||Todd Payne|
|17||MONASHEE WOODS||G||8||Sue Grills|
|18||MORE OF THE ZAIM||G||6||Sheree Mcewan|
|19||NAUTILE||G||5||Wayne S Lawson|
|20||OUR BLEVIC||G||5||Ian Cook|
|23||SINGLE SPIRIT||G||6||Ross Stitt|
|25||THUNDERING HEART||G||5||John McLachlan|
Japanese horses have already made a significant mark in Australia’s biggest staying races and Tommy Berry is predicting an expansion of their reach.
The top Sydney jockey recently returned from a five-week riding stint in Japan where he booted home six winners.
He was taken by the depth in their racing ranks and said the experience was invaluable.
Berry said several Japanese owners and trainers expressed interest in bringing horses to Australia for the major carnivals in Sydney and Melbourne.
They have already enjoyed success with Delta Blues and Admire Rakti in the Melbourne and Caulfield Cups while Hana’s Goal and Real Impact have taken out Group One races during autumn in Sydney.
But Berry is convinced the Japanese horses would figure just as prominently in Australia’s best middle-distance races.
And he says their owners and trainers are starting to think that as well.
“They’ve always been worried about the Cox Plate because it’s a tight track and it’s 2000 metres, whereas their horses like big tracks and like to get over a bit of a trip,” Berry said.
“But I think their good Group One milers, or even Group Two and Group Three milers, would suit our 2000 metre races, especially the Queen Elizabeth because they run their races at very good tempos.
“That sort of opened their eyes up a little bit about bringing horses to other races and not just the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.”
Berry enjoyed his time in Japan so much he is considering another trip at the end of the Sydney autumn carnival, although nothing has been confirmed.
He is hoping similar ventures will help him secure some plum rides aboard the Japanese raiders during future editions of The Championships and the major races in Melbourne.
“It’s definitely in the pipe line,” Berry said.
“If I can do a couple more trips back there over the next few years I think it will definitely cement some rides over the spring and autumn.”