Berry: A win I will never forget
A teary-eyed jockey Tommy Berry had his late twin brother Nathan, who recently passed away from a rare brain condition after riding for two weeks in Singapore in March, uppermost in his thoughts as he stepped up for the post-race interview yesterday.
"This win here in Singapore is very important, as this is where Nathan last rode and he really enjoyed himself here," said the young Australian jockey, who is really establishing himself as a jockey of great occasions wherever he goes (he won the Group 1 Longines Singapore Gold Cup (2,200m) aboard Tropaios last November and also boasts multiple Group 1 wins with Designs Of Rome in Hong Kong where he is currently licensed).
"There was a big butterfly that I saw in the mounting yard and he followed me on the way to the gates. Nathan was with me tonight.
"This horse is not so young anymore, but he always toughs it out.
"After his last run when he was caught four wide and still ran second to Variety Club in the Champions Mile, I told John he should go to Singapore, and he told me he was and I was riding him.
"I'm so thankful to John and the whole team for the opportunity.
"The race panned out beautifully from the inside draw for him and he really raced like a good horse.
"I just let him cruise to the lead at the top of the straight.
"It's a win I won't forget."