Sea work pays dividend for Berry Boy

Observer writer

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

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Berry Boy , a grandson of Tiznow who throws them long, opened his winning account over 1820 metres at Caymanas Park in midweek and by the same token, handed trainer Ian Parsard his second win on the 10-race card on offer.

Speaking with The Supreme Racing Guide, trainer Parsard expressed the view that he was more than pleased with the final result but warned, “We must be patient for the time being as the three-year-old bay gelding, son of the Officer dam, Gentle Officer, is still green around the edges and immature.”

Even so, from his second career start, he did enough bidding to show and support the view of his trainer that he does possess a fair amount of good quality as, after stalking the pace, Berry Boy used the rail-run route, turning for home and in the straight to good advantage, overhauling the early leaders and then going on to land the Maiden Special Weight contest for native-bred three-year-olds only by three widening lengths.

Ridden by the leading rider, Christopher Mamdeen , Berry Boy completed 1820 metres in a time of 2:00.1 as the 2-1 second favourite.

Ali, the 7/2 chance ridden by champion jockey Anthony Thomas looked a winner entering the final 150 metres to the line, but was collared inside and held off the 3-2 morning line favourite, Sir Ian Links (Omar Walker) for second money.

Berry Boy made his debut as a three-year-old on April 22, going a similar distance of 1820 metres but finished third by 8 lengths. However, for his return, trainer Parsard paid more attention to details in his preparation.

“In terms of getting him ready, he came up with an injury four months ago so we had to be judicious in our training. He did most of his work at sea and comes to the track like twice for the week. We are just trying to protect him and, that injury is no bother to him at present. He trained well enough to come and represent himself today (Wednesday) and needless to say, I am happy to win the second time out.”

As to the future for Berry Boy?

“He certainly can be effective over a distance of ground. The issue we have with him is that at present he is immature. I think that he will begin to run his best races when he is about a four and five-year-old, just as his grand-father Tiznow did in his career. Problem is that we will have to wait a long time on him but we may even consider one of the remaining Classic races should he continue to train on and improve from here. He is a good stayer for sure, so let us wait and see how he develops,” hopeful Parsard offered.

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