Outsiders Trifecta Gosford Gold Cup

18 11 2010

By Central Coast Express Advocate

(GOSFORD, NSW, AUSTRALIA) – Keepin’ The Dream caused a boilover in winning Thursdays Listed $125,000 Gosford Gold Cup (2100m).

After starting at $41, the gelding finished strongly to beat the Chris Waller-trained pairing of Strike One by a neck and Alexander of Hales, who was trapped on the inside for the vast majority of the race, was 1 3/4 lengths in third after only getting out very late.

The result capped off a memorable afternoon for winning jockey Tommy Berry, who was earlier named winner of the Gosford apprentice premiership, for the second consecutive season.

Berry relished heading into the race without the pressure on his more fancied rivals and took his chances when they came.

Following Hugh Bowman through on eventual runner-up Strike One with 600m to go, Keepin’ The Dream kept the pressure on and Berry took the lead in the final 100m, hanging on to win.

Berry said the late move was always going to make him look like “a goose or a champion.
“I never had any concern in following a jockey like Hugh Bowman, Berry said.

With his award and Cup win, Berry was proud his “hard yards are starting to pay off.
Trainer Pat Webster deflected any praise after the win, which came 10 days after the gelding was transferred to his care. Webster is a brother-in-law of trainers Jim and Greg Lee who are serving a three-month suspension.

In addition to the presentation of the apprentice premiership for 2009-10 to Berry, Kathy OHara took out the jockeys premiership, while the trainers premiership went to Guy Walter.

Waller has announced that Alexander of Hales will make his next start in the Christmas Cup in Sydney on December 11.