By Ray Hickson
What do they say? Winners keep winning. It’s in her name and her attitude this preparation and jockey Tommy Berry says Bound To Win can overcome her biggest test at Rosehill on Saturday.
Bound To Win is unbeaten since trainers Peter and Paul Snowden fitted the blinkers and Berry said a win in the Yes Yes Yes New To Coolmore Handicap (1500m) would only serve to enhance his opinion of the three-year-old.
But it won’t be easy, she has 59.5kg, up 3kg from her last start win, and a wide alley to overcome in a field that appears to have some depth.
“She’s a filly I feel can go through her grades, I’ve always thought she has black type in her,’’ Berry said.
“If we believe that then we have to believe she will be hard to beat. She has some hurdles to overcome but she is heading in the right direction.
“I’m sure she won’t let us down, whether she wins or not I’m sure she will give a gallant display.”
Bound To Win easily accounted for Threeood, who won at Warwick Farm on Monday, in scoring on a heavy track over 1400m at Rosehill two weeks ago and Berry said that win further proved to him how much talent she has when she settles.
He credits the blinkers for helping in that regard and while she’s now won four of her seven starts the shades were held back by the Snowdens until she learned how to play the game.
“She’s always been a filly we thought was a blinkers horse,’’ he said.
“We worked her a couple of times in them last preparation but it wasn’t the right time. She still had a few barrier issues to fix and she was going keen in her races so it was all about getting her to switch off and teach her how to race properly.
“The Snowdens did a great job in doing all that. It got to a point where they thought she was relaxing well enough to put them on and she reacted like we thought she would.”
Berry stresses Bound To Win, $4.40 with TAB, will need to find some cover from barrier 10, even though the Rosehill 1500m is arguably the fairest starting point on the course, to help her carry the weight.
Run of the race factors will play a role in whether the David Pfieffer-trained Broken Arrows can finally turn the tables on Adelong in the Catanachs Sprint (1100m) after finishing third and second to the mare in his two runs back.
Broken Arrows, $7 with TAB, was beaten half a length over the same course by Adelong two weeks ago and gets a 2.5kg swing in the weights in his favour but Berry said the tempo will be a more crucial element.
“He’s been carrying big weights and he’s not a very big horse so I think with the light weight it gives him his chance,’’ he said.
“If Adelong gets a bit of that pressure my bloke will be finishing hard again.
“That horse beat us last start and we had no excuses, she was too good for us, but hopefully the race can pan out in our favour.
Bound To Win scores at Rosehill on May 30
“I thought I had the winner beaten, you’ll noticed when Hughie (Bowman) pulled the whip through to his right hand she found again and that was the winning margin.”
Among Berry’s other Rosehill rides is Greg Hickman's talented gelding Rari who returns in the Rosehill Bowling Club Handicap (1200m) with some compelling form lines around him for a $7 chance (with TAB).
While he’s only won once in 10 starts he finished last campaign with seconds to Subpoenaed and subsequent dual stakes winner Rubisaki and Berry said he felt in good shape in his recent trial behind Classique Legend.
“I didn’t think his trial was too bad the other day. It was a bit of a sit and sprint and he’s not that sort of horse,’’ he said.
“He’s had a good start to his career, he’s been competitive every time he’s gone to the races and the form out of the (Rubisaki) race is pretty strong.
“He’s come back in great order but you never know how well until they gets to the races.’’