SHE Will Reign suffered its first race defeat at the hands of Frolic in the Group 2 Reisling Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.
In heavy conditions She Will Reign was sent out as the short $1.45 favourite, but Tommy Berry had ideas of upsetting the talented filly by coming down the best part of the track.
After a slow beginning Berry took the daughter of Husson to the outside rail and when it looked as though She Will Reign had a big enough break, Frolic sprouted wings to record its biggest career win at odds of $12.
“As you know I walk the track every time I come out here. I walked it today and it was noticeably better outside,” Berry said.
“The tracks pretty even. If your not going to go right out wide there’s no point coming in the centre.
“I spoke to Michael (Freedman, trainer) about doing it before the race, he left it up to me.”
Berry also told the stewards about his tactics as punters tend to show frustration when jockey’s take risks, but the risk paid off on this occasion.
“I told the stewards I might be thinking about doing it, just in case there’s a problem and she got beaten. It’s always a problem if you get beaten and you go out there,” Berry said.
“As soon as I got on the ground she quickened. I didn’t pull the stick until I got out there… the rest is history.”
Frolic has now made it back-to-back victories having won the Inglis Classic last time out, but it met a much harder field here and put them away with style.
Trainer Michael Freedman talked with jockey Tommy Berry before the race and left the tactics up to him.
“To his credit he said to me before the race ‘if they start tracking up the middle he has no worries about coming to the outside fence’,” Freedman said.
“I think until she got out to that part of the track it looked like she might be labouring a little bit which is understandable in this ground, but as soon as she got on that slightly better (surface) she sprinted quickly like she did the other day.”
Frolic will now head to the Golden Slipper where it’s currently a $10 chance with Sportsbet.com.au.
“Obviously the conditions aren’t ideal and there will be a few that will come out of it with hard luck stories due to the track,” Freedman said.
“She’s had a perfect prep going into the Slipper and now that she’s gained a start, she’s got a nice two weeks.”