Stay Inside on song ahead of his three-year-old return

Tommy Berry is adopting a different approach to the highly anticipated return of Golden Slipper winner Stay Inside in Saturday’s Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Kembla.

It’s been well documented that recent Golden Slipper winners haven’t exactly carried on in their three-year-old seasons from where they left off at two over the past decade.

Only one Golden Slipper winner since 2013 has won a race after claiming the world’s richest two-year-old race – 2017 winner She Will Reign who took out the Group 1 Moir Stakes in her spring three-year-old season.

Prior to that in 2011 and 2012 both Sepoy and Pierro trained on to win multiple Group 1 races at three.

“I’m excited to see what he’s got to offer,” Berry said.

“What’s under the hood? There’s definitely something there but I’m not going to get ahead of myself because we’ve been to this rodeo before with Slipper winners and come out disappointed.

Stay Inside cruises to the barriers prior to his trial last Friday. Photo: Mark Evans – Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

“Physically he’s improved, mentally he’s improved – has he improved? I don’t know – I haven’t asked the questions of him to find out.

“He can do the talking himself next Saturday.

“I’ve got a lot of questions and they’ll all be answered next week.”

Berry put Stay Inside through his paces in an 800m Randwick course proper barrier trial on Friday against the likes of The Everest contender Lost And Running, which won the heat in his first public appearance of the preparation.

“Before the trial I said to Tommy don’t forget we’re going to the races in eight days as I could see there was plenty of natural speed in the trial and for us it was all about going around and giving him a nice half-mile gallop on the bridle,” trainer Michael Freedman, who trains Stay Inside in partnership with his brother Richard, said.

“He strode out well, has pulled up great and he’s set up nicely heading into Saturday.

A nice trial from #TABeverest contender Lost And Running for @[email protected] sat pretty quiet on the 5YO as he ran down Marway in the straight

Looking pretty good @tabcomau 😏 pic.twitter.com/bCi08I1d9q

“He won’t do much now leading into Saturday, he’ll just do a little bit next week on the bridle.

“He’s had a good grounding and for a two-year-old coming back at three I couldn’t be happier with how things have gone so far.”

The San Domenico Stakes is shaping as a mouth-watering contest with the likes of Rosebud winner Paulele, and exciting prospects Remarque and Home Affairs expected to be among the nominations.

Berry said he doesn’t believe Stay Inside will be impacted in a negative way after the race was moved to Kembla and he believes the Extreme Choice colt has had the foundation to leave no excuses.

“Kembla has been racing a bit firm and it would be nice if the track is a little forgiving but he’s won on a good (4) before and I wouldn’t be offering the track up as an excuse next week,” he said.

Tommy Berry at the Randwick trials. Photo: Mark Evans – Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

“The track itself is a beautiful big course, he’s trained on a big course, he’s won on a big course so no problems there.

“One of his best assets is that he’s an adaptable horse.

“The type of horse you can put wherever you want in a race.

“As a jockey it gives you options. He allows you to ride the race rather than ride the horse.

“He felt great in his trial. I knew they’d run, so I just held him together and let him stride to the line.

“We’ve only got a week until he resumes, and he feels like he’s ready to explode but that hit out on Friday should just take the edge off him going to the races next week.

“I can’t wait to see what he produces next Saturday.”

Originally published asStay Inside ready to “do the talking himself”

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