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Comment: A Berry good fit for Hong Kong

BY Mick Sharkie - @TheSharkTweet
11 months ago Horse Racing

Tommy Berry in the winner's circle (Pic: Sharon Chapman)

It should come as no surprise that the South China Morning Post ran with the news that Sydney based jockey Tommy Berry is set to become the latest Australian hoop to be offered a contract in Hong Kong.

After all, as far auditions go, Berry has been back for a second and third screen test and has passed each time with flying colours. 

Trainer John Moore has long been a fan of Berry's and has regularly requested his services for feature races in Hong Kong over the last three seasons - most recently he has seen Berry as the perfect fit for his latest stable star Helene Paragon, who Berry partnered to victory in the Stewards' Cup and Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup this season.

The time is right for the partnership to be consummated - in a strictly contractual sense of course - with Berry himself confirming in the SCMP article that his position as Moore's stable jockey only needed to be ratified by the Jockey Club before news became official.

"John's wanted me over in Hong Kong for the last three or four years but the timing hasn't been right - it's in the hands of the licensing committee at the moment so it's a bit of a waiting game but it's definitely on the cards," he told radio RSN on Thursday.

Let's take that to mean the deal is as good as done.

And why wouldn't it be?

Berry is every bit as talented as current Hong Kong based Aussie Zac Purton, who has become a premiership winn...


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