Two-time winner Tommy Berry has picked up the coveted Golden Slipper ride on Stay Inside after James McDonald likely to pilot one for the Chris Waller camp in the juvenile feature next week.
McDonald had been in pole position to ride Stay Inside in the $3.5 million race at Rosehill and the colt is currently the $6 second favourite with TAB.com.au for the 1200m sprint on March 20.
The impressive colt lost few admirers in a luckless fourth in the Group 2 Todman, won by Anamoe, last Saturday with McDonald aboard but he will step off for the Slipper to link up with one of Waller‘s hopes.
Anamoe in the shadow of the post! What a win to take out the Todman Stakes. Gun ride from @RachelK11 for @godolphin! pic.twitter.com/wlzzsmuMxf
Todman Stakes placegetter Home Affairs shapes as the likely top elect for McDonald.
He previously rode the son of I Am Invincible in his debut second in the Group 3 Canonbury Stakes and his second up victory in the Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes.
McDonald contacted the Freedmans on Sunday to notify them of his decision and the in-form Sydney yard were quick to snap up the services of Berry.
Berry will pilot the Freedman-trained galloper for the first time under race conditions in the $3.5 million two-year-old event at Rosehill on March 20.
James McDonald jumping off Stay Inside. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
He has previously piloted the Extreme Choice colt to a trial victory as well as in trackwork.
“Tommy has had two rides on him before so when James made his decision, it was handy to be able to put him on,” Michael Freedman said.
“He has been riding in good form and knows the horse and were pleased to have him on.
“The horse has pulled up great (from the Todman) and was straight back on his feed.
“It looks like he has bounced through the run and was nice and bright.”
McDonald‘s decision to jump off puts Berry in a tremendous position to capture his third Golden Slipper after winning the race on Overreach (2013) and Vancouver (2015).
Tommy Berry after winning the Golden Slipper on Vancouver. Photo: Mark EvansSource:News Corp Australia
Meanwhile, Freedman also confirmed comeback jockey Jean Van Overmeire had retained the ride aboard classy filly Glistening for the Slipper.
Van Overmeire helped the daughter of Zoustar secure her passage into the race with an inch perfect front running ride to claim the Group 2 Reisling Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.
“Jean will stay aboard and he thoroughly deserves his chance,” Freedman said.
“He is a good young bloke and a great rider as well.
“She (Glistening) is a tough little filly and will have a steady week or so before the Slipper.
“She is not a filly that needs a hell of a lot of work.”
Glistening is rated a $34 chance for the Slipper.
Profiteer continues to top the betting for the Slipper at $5 following his runner up finish in the Todman Stakes behind James Cummings‘ Anamoe ($9).
Originally published asBerry gets Inside running for third Slipper bid
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