Bryan Guy-trained Eagle Way outstayed his rivals to record a tough victory in the 2016 Queensland Derby at Eagle Farm this afternoon.
Eagle Way was a drifter in the lead-up to the Queensland Derby, despite his impressive lead-up run in the Grand Prix Stakes a fortnight ago, but he stormed to the front at the 300 metres mark and he held-off the fast-finishing Rodrico and I’m Belucci to record a memorable victory.
Tommy Berry returned to Australia in order to take the ride on Eagle Way in the Queensland Derby and he was clearly delighted to have been able to win the race for both John Moore and Bryan Guy.
“It is great to be home,” Berry said.
“I am riding for some familiar connections in John Moore and my Dad used to rid for Bryan Guy, so we have a great connection there as well.
“It feels like I have been with these guys for a while and this bloke has had the perfect lead-up runs.
“I have to say a big congratulations to Paul Hammersley and I am really feeling for him because I know that he has done all the work on the horse.
“He is just an out and out stayer.
“He hit the line at right time last start, but today I got to the front a lot earlier than I wanted to but I got a lot of pressure outside from a runner that was trying to put me in a pocket, so I had to go when I did.
“To his credit he got there and looked around, but he was strong to the line late.
“I don’t like saying this very often, but I rode him in his first ever start and I rang John Moore to tell him that he isn’t much good.
“It is a little while later, but he just took a little bit of time for the penny to drop and I only rode him over 1300.
“I am just so happy to be home and so happy to be back in action.”
Pre-race favourite Howard Be Thy Name got too far back early and could finish no better than fourth, while Mackintosh was one of the first horses beaten.
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