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Chance To Atone for Apprentice Tom Sherry
Apprentice jockey Tom Sherry hopes to atone for the unlucky defeat of Black Magnum (Magnus-Titania Star, by Testa Rossa) on Saturday when he rides stablemate Somnus (Savabeel-Dreamer, by More Than Ready) at Canterbury tomorrow, reports racingnsw.com.au. Black Magnum was Sherry's metropolitan debut ride and ran fourth for trainer Mark Newnham, just over a length from the winner Spaceboy (Deep Field-Miatoko, by Danzero). "Mark sat me down and said 'it's going to get tougher mentally, you've had a good season and expectation is going to be higher'," Sherry said. "It was really tough on me because (Black Magnum) was the plan months ago and the boss said ride the rail and ride him for luck. And the luck never came, it was unfortunate because I think he should have won and could have won. There's always the next day but it took me a day to get over it." With regards to tomorrow's ride on Somnus, Sherry said, "Somnus is a horse that was always going to improve in time and this prep he's really stepped up to the mark. He won impressively last start and I think he is definitely up to his grade… I think he has every chance and it'd be a fairytale if I could win on him, especially riding him for the boss." Somnus has had two wins from his last four starts, including a four length romp at Newcastle on July 4, and is the $1.90 favourite in the TAB Handicap over 1900m. The 3YO gelding has had a total of eight starts for two wins, and three placings.