TRAINER John Berry was all smiles on Saturday after guiding his stable stalwart Kadouchski to victory in this year’s Newmarket Town Plate.
Forty-five-year old Berry’s late decision to take part in the 342nd running of the three-mile, six-furlong contest paid off in style, with the Newmarket trainer steering the seven year old home for a 25-length victory.
The race which is open to amateur riders was founded back in 1664 by King Charles II.
As a result of winning the prestigious contest, Berry was presented with the Goldings Perpetual Challenge Plate and a box of Powters Newmarket sausages.
“I love the history of Newmarket and it was a thrill just to be part of the race. Winning it was really the icing on the cake,” said Berry.
“My wife said to me out of the blue the week before the race, ‘why don’t you ride Kadouchski in the Town Plate as he stays well’,
“I went to the Jockey Club nine days before the race and I thought the entries had closed but I received the last entry.
“You could not have asked for an easier ride in the race.”
Sitting behind the leaders for the early part of the race, the Exeter Road handler took up the running of the contest about a mile from home, before coasting home to an easy victory aboard the 5-1 shot.
“One thing I always tell my jockeys is be patient and don’t hit the front too early,” added Berry.
“I think had I not have won the race after going for home a mile out, I would not have heard the last of it.”
Among the other local entrants in the race was William Gittus, managing director of the Jockey Club Estates.
The 44 year old took fourth aboard the Guy Heald-owned Red Anthem, while town vet Brian Abbott, finished one place further back aboard the Jane-Chapple Hyam-trained Judgethemoment.