Town Cryer upset the applecart when downing multiple Group One winner Prowess in the Gr.3 Taranaki Breeders’ Stakes (1400m) at Hawera in October and trainer Roydon Bergerson is hoping she can cause another upset this weekend.
The six-year-old mare will tackle the Gr.1 TAB Classic (1600m) at Trentham on Saturday where she is rated an $11 winning chance with TAB bookmakers, with the Andrew Forsman-trained Aegon at the top of the market at $4.50.
Town Cryer was a last start runner-up over a mile at Trentham and Bergerson is hoping she can continue that form when she steps up to elite company.
“Her work indicates that she has trained on really well,” Bergerson told TAB NZ.
“We thought we would have a throw at the stumps. She likes Wellington and loves the mile. We will throw her in the deep-end and hope she comes up swimming.”
Town Cryer has drawn well in two and is set to take on a front-running role this weekend.
“I can’t wait for Saturday, I am just hoping nothing takes her on and she can bowl on up front and Parkesy (Johnathan Parkes, jockey) will dictate and sneak away on them,” he said.
“She likes to free-wheel and get out and roll along.”
While confident in her ability, Bergerson said Town Cryer needs to bring the right attitude to Trentham as well.
“It’s just what mood she turns up in,” he said. “We thought she would win her first start and she ran 10 lengths last. She just gets in the mood and she is hard to beat.