Tommy Berry fulfills a promise winning the Taree Cup

Steve Bennett in News 18 Aug 2019
  • Waller and Berry combine to win the Taree Cup
  • Berry delivers a long term promise to his Grandmother

It was a one-race assault for both Berry and Trainer Chris Waller as they made the 3.5 hour trip north to Taree from Sydney with just the Cup in their sights.
For Waller, it was another piece of silverware for his collection, but for Berry, it was a dream come true.
Berry had made a promise to his grandmother (when he was very young) that he would win a Taree Cup just for her as she is a local resident, living in the township of Old Bar.


Hogmanay led the field as they left the straight the first time, but he was soon passed by second elect, Milseain who then dictated the race until the home turn.
Berry gave Hogmanay a dream run and on straightening, he moved alongside Milseain and soon after took over and that was all she wrote.
Opening at $3.50 with Sportsbet, the Lonhro gelding came in for solid support to start a warm $2.90 favourite and he didn’t disappoint his backers, winning back-to-back races for the second time in his 39 starts. 
Hogmanay held off late challenges from Mongolian Wolf ($5) who finished three quarters of a length away in second place with Cogliere ($20) a nose away in third place.
The seven-year-old gelding was the Taree top-pick of the day with Racingbase.com.au