TRC rankings star: Tommy Berry

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Tommy Berry: Group-race double at Randwick including G1 success on Kolding. Photo: HKJC

+8 Tommy Berry

With 24 winners under his belt for 2020-21, world number nine James McDonald is setting a decent pace at the head of the nascent Sydney jockeys’ premiership.

However, in terms of the TRC rankings he was outdone last weekend by a couple of his rivals, headed by Tommy Berry, who landed the G1 George Main Stakes on Kolding at Randwick on Saturday.

Berry, who trails McDonald by five in the premiership, was completing a double on the card at Sydney’s premier track, where he also partnered Dame Giselle to her third G2 success already since the new season started on August 1.

Throw in a G3 success on Friday’s card at Newcastle and the net result was an 8pt boost as Berry enters the Top 30 (#27 from #32).

Colleague Kerrin McEvoy stole the headlines when he rode leading sprinter Classique Legend to a G2 win at Randwick for his 2,000th career victory. With further Group-race wins on Mugatoo and Probabell, he gets a 7pt bump (#33 from #37).

Higher up the charts, former British champion Jim Crowley (+5pt, #13 from #16) has been enjoying a wonderful summer in the silks of his retainer Sheikh Hamdan. Another Group-race double at Newbury on Saturday with Alkumait and Elarqam pushes him ever closer to the Top 10.

Not much to report among the trainers, though New Zealand champion Jamie Richards (+4pt, #10 from #12) is back in the Top 10. Sure, he suffered a reverse when Avantage was a beaten odds-on favourite on his G1 return at Hastings but Probabeel did the business in a G3 at Randwick.

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