Sydney racing is set to come alight again as the spring carnival heats up, and autumn golden boy Tommy Berry is hoping to add more Group 1s to his record in the coming weeks.
The first major race of the Sydney spring is the Golden Rose (September 14) at Rosehill, followed by five more Group 1 events culminating in the Spring Champion Stakes at Randwick on October 12.
Berry shot to fame in April when he won the Golden Slipper on Overreach, and since then had a short, but successful, stint in Hong Kong where he rode more than 20 winners.
Now Berry will focus his attention on the Sydney spring carnival, hoping to collect a few more major races.
"I've got a good team behind me with Gai [Waterhouse] and hopefully I can pick up a few rides for Chris Waller and Peter Snowden along the way," he said.
"A Group 1, or a couple, in the spring would be great for me because all of my Group 1s have come in the autumn."
Berry, who also won the Doncaster Mile earlier in the year, found it hard to decide which helped him more as rider - the successful autumn carnival earlier in the year, or the Hong Kong experience.
"Being competitive in those Group 1 races during the autumn gave me a lot of confidence and, to do what I did in Hong Kong, obviously did to," he said.
The Golden Slipper winner said he wasn't targeting any specific race this spring, but did know which horse he was looking forward to riding the most.
"I'd say Overreach is the one to look out for. If she comes back as good a three-year-old as she was at two, then she'll be very competitive," he said.
"I know a lot of Golden Slipper winners don't [always reach great heights] but you look at the ones that win the race by big margins - they generally go on to win good races."
Randwick plays host to five of the six Group 1 races with the Epsom Handicap being the highlight on October 5.