John Berry targeting Cambridgeshire glory with progressive Kryptos

Thu 21 Sep 2017
William Hill St. Leger Festival - Day Four - Doncaster Racecourse

By staff

John Berry is keeping his fingers crossed Kryptos will sneak into the bottom of the weights for the Betfred Cambridgeshire at Newmarket later this month.

The three-year-old is as short as 12-1 for the historic nine-furlong prize on September 30 after following up victory at Thirsk with a stylish success at Doncaster last Saturday.

Although now rated 100, the son of Cacique would race off 94 if making the cut at Newmarket. He was rated 87 when the entries closed but will carry an additional 7lb penalty for his two recent wins.

Berry said: "He has improved leaps and bounds throughout the summer and he is now starting to look like a very good horse.

"The Cambridgeshire has been the plan for a couple of months, but it all depended on how far he progressed.

"Off his current mark he would get in, but it will be borderline as he will be running off 94. There is the Silver Cambridgeshire and with that being at the same meeting we would not have to train him differently

"It would be easier to win the consolation race, but the Cambridgeshire is such a special race, it would be nice if he could get in.

"I've got no concern over the extra furlong. The way he races you can take your time with him and save something.

"It would be so nice to run in the Cambridgeshire as his owner, Tony Fordham, lives locally in Reach and has been going to Newmarket races for over 30 years.

"To have a fancied runner in one of Newmarket's premier races would be special."

The Newmarket handler confirmed apprentice jockey Nicola Currie, who has steered the former Dermot Weld-trained gelding to each of his three victories this summer, would keep the ride should he get in the race.

He added: "Nicola would definitely keep the ride - it's a no-brainer.

"I can't see any senior jockey being able to ride the horse better than she rides it. They would also not have her 7lb claim, so it would be a step in the wrong direction."

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