Tommy Berry rides Art Cadeau to narrow in Goulburn Qualifier

Art Cadeau and Leg Work qualified for the $500,000 Country Championships Final after they fought out a thrilling finish at Goulburn.

The remarkably consistent Art Cadeau maintained his record of never missing a top-two finish in his 10 starts, scoring his fourth career win in the $150,000 SERA Country Championship Qualifier (1400m) on Tuesday.

Star jockey Tommy Berry rode Art Cadeau ($1.85 favourite) who held off the fast-finishing Leg Work ($12) to win by a half neck with Rothenburg ($9.50) a length away third.

Art Cadeau holds off a flying Leg Work to take out the Sera @NewhavenPark Country @ChampionshipsRR qualifier at Goulburn.

Those two runners book their place in the final at @RoyalRandwick on April 3.

Berry then issued a warning to potential rivals for the rich Randwick final on April 3: “The horse you saw today, I guarantee you there is a fair bit of improvement to come.’’

“He’s a real warhorse. I knew before the race he was going to need the run,’’ Berry told Greg Radley on Sky Thoroughbred Central.

“He got to the 150m and he was out of ‘carrots’ but he is such a fighter, when Sam (Clipperton on Leg Work) came at me, he really lifted. He didn’t want to get beaten.’’

Trainer Terry Robinson described Art Cadeau as a “game horse with a fantastic record who knows how to find the line”.

Trainer Terry Robinson has a top chance in the Country Championships Final. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

The Danny Williams-trained Leg Work drew the extreme outside barrier and had to go back to the rear of the field and the gelding’s effort to finish fast for second was outstanding and ensured he secures a start in the Country Championships Final.

Trainer Joe Cleary’s duo, Rothenburg and Girls Are Ready (fourth) ran bravely but just missed ensuring a start at Randwick but can still get into the Final through the Wild Card at Muswellbrook on March 21.

#Talented apprentice Sam Clenton rode a winner with her comeback ride on Safaris at Scone on Tuesday. Clenton had not ridden since May last year due to a back injury.

Originally published asFinal warning: Art Cadeau will get even better

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