Young Dubliner Tom Sherry is in line to earn more cash from one ride than he could ever imagine as he lines up on Icebath in the $7.5m Golden Eagle (1500m) at Rosehill.
Prizemoney in the UK and Ireland is nowhere near what it is in Australia but on Saturday things go to another level.
“I don’t think a lifetime of rides in Ireland could earn me as much money,” Sherry said.
“I can’t believe it and I count myself very lucky.”
Typically, his Irish family and friends were laid back about the prospect of their countryman winning one of the world’s richest races.
“I think, even when you tell them it doesn’t really register with them. You tell them it’s worth $7.5 million and I don’t think they really thought about how much $7.5 million is,” Sherry said.
“It’s a big credit to the owners and Mr Widdup for showing faith in me and keeping me on.”
Icebath enters the Golden Eagle off the most barnstorming win last Saturday at Randwick when Sherry rode her on a heavy 8 track which she ran through like it was a good surface.
“She’s a mare in form and sometimes they can put a couple on the board and she’s been racing well all preparation,” Sherry said.
“She had a lovely run and was so relaxed. As soon as I gave her her head she exploded through that ground and not many can do that. She really let down strongly.”
Icebath opened up as a $31 chance and after drawing barrier five and many of the favourites drew wide she firmed in to $16 and got even shorter ($13) yesterday afternoon.
“The barrier takes a bit of the bad luck out of it if we can find a nice spot early and get her into a rhythm as many of the others are pushing for a spot,” Sherry said.
“She’s also rock hard fit while some of them are a few weeks between runs so I couldn’t see why she won’t run well.”
Earlier in the day Sherry rides Segalas in a regular Saturday $125,000 race but it’s still a vital ride for an apprentice trying to make a name for himself in town.
“It’s my first ride for Godolphin so I’m really looking forward to that and hopefully I can build on this opportunity and get a couple more,” Sherry said.
Tom Sherry after winning on Blazing Miss at Randwick. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
The five-year-old is challenging Willowheart for favouritism in the third race off an eye-catching first-up fifth at Canterbury.
“The horse is well placed and is favourite for a reason. It’s got to carry weight but looks like a nice horse,” Sherry said.
“When other trainers and owners see you riding for such a big operation it gives them a bit of a push to put you on one of their horses.”
Black Magnum is a horse Sherry knows very well and he’s coming off a win in very fast time over 1100m at Canterbury when beating subsequent Stakes winner The Bopper.
He sticks to 1100m in the fifth race and is a $7.50 hope behind Macroura ($3.80).
Sherry has his concerns about Black Magnum’s ability to come out and just win like many feel he will because of the defeat of The Bopper.
“I just think people might be getting carried away,” he said.
“He’s a genuine galloper but when we beat The Bopper it was on a good 3 and everything went to plan and The Bopper was first-up.
“Now we’re in Saturday grade on a heavy track and he hasn’t won at Rosehill. His last run was sensational though and I’d love to get a win with him.”
Originally published asYoung Irishman chasing richest prize of his career
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