Trainer John Zielke wants Tommy Berry to ride Worthy Cause in Sydney

Worthy Cause wins at Doomben.

SUNSHINE Coast trainer John Zielke is chasing Tommy Berry to ride his star galloper Worthy Cause in a new-look Sydney campaign which will kick off with the Group 2 Tramway at Randwick.

Worthy Cause resumed recently with a brilliant and effortless win at Doomben, the first time he had been seen at the races since his fifth in the Group 1 Queensland Derby.

Zielke’s stable star was given three jump-outs to prepare him for his first-up assault and it was planned that he then head to Sydney to run in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m).

Brisbane apprentice Luke Dittman rode Worthy Cause on resuming and Zielke initially indicated he would not be afraid to use the son of champion jockey Mick on an interstate mission.

Zielke is a big fan of Dittman but realises that a jockey swap is needed for elite races in which apprentices cannot use their claim.

“I have spoken to Tommy Berry’s manager about Worthy Cause and the Tramway,” Zielke said.

“He’s happy for the switch and agreed the race conditions better suit us. History shows that the Tramway is a good springboard for races like the George Main and the Epsom.

“I will know my midweek whether Tommy is on.

“It was the decision from the owner that they wanted to go to a senior jockey.

“That is certainly nothing against Luke, but Worthy Cause is going towards some big races where apprentices cannot claim.”

Worthy Cause was one of the few local success stories during the Brisbane winter carnival.

He claimed the Group 3 Gunsynd Classic at Doomben and placed in the Group 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas behind subsequent Queensland Oaks winner Winx.

Worthy Cause then finished a close seventh in the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes before running fifth to Magicool in the Group 1 Queensland Derby.

Zielke said the galloper had pulled up “sensational” from his first-up run and believes distances of up to 2000m would not be a problem.

He has also pencilled in three Melbourne starts with Worthy Cause before returning home for a $1 million race over 1800 metres at the Gold Coast in January.

Story courtesy Ben Dorries  Brisbane Courier Mail


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