Having not been seen on track since her impressive maiden preparation through the 2013 Autumn Carnival, jockey Tommy Berry is confident Group 1 winner Overreach is capable of success amongst a classy field in Saturday’s Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield.
Yet to finish outside the places in her short five race career so far, Overreach has not been seen at the races since finish third behind champion filly Guelph and Scandiva in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Randwick in April last year.
Pleased with the form and feel offered up for the Exceed And Excel mare in four recent barrier trials in Sydney, Berry said he is confident the now four-year-old is more than a chance of immediately returning to the scintillating condition displayed over the 2013 autumn.
“She didn’t quite come up as an early three-year-old, so they didn’t start her and put her back in the paddock, but that’s definitely rewarded them because she’s come back,” Berry told Racing Victoria.
“She’s spot on, I think she can return to the winner’s circle and remind everyone how good she is.
“She’s a lot stronger, she’s holding weight quite well now and her trial a few weeks ago was explosive, winning it by six lengths under a hold.”
Finishing second to Villa Verde in the Listed Debutants Stakes (1000m) on debut in October 2012, Overreach returned to the track in exceptional form in 2013; winning each of the Listed Widden Stakes (1100m), Group 2 Moet & Chandon Stakes (1200m) and Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) on her way to the Sires’ Produce most recently.
Confirmed alongside just six other sprinters, Overreach is currently available at odds of $4 for success in Schillaci Stakes betting markets, figuring as sole occupant of the third line of betting at Ladbrokes.com.au.
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