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Boom colt Remarque set to make up for lost time when he returns in The Rosebud

The phrase “all’s well that ends well” summed up Tommy Berry’s autumn carnival with two-year-olds but on Saturday he reunites with the colt he had pinned his early season hopes on – Remarque.

Berry claimed a third win in the Golden Slipper this year when guiding Stay Inside to victory in the world’s richest two-year-old race but it was the Hawkes Racing-trained colt that the jockey expected would be his star.

“I’ve always had a big, big opinion of him, and he’s always done things you just shake your head at when galloping at home on the track,” Berry said.

“I’ve been lucky enough to ride some good colts during my career and on raw natural ability, he’s right up there with the best of them.

“He had the setback (elevated temperature) leading up to the Silver Slipper last year and you can’t afford something like that to happen at that point of a preparation.

“Despite having that drama, he was still good enough to have no luck and finish within two lengths of Anamoe in the Todman and he finished alongside Stay Inside.

“The public didn’t see how good a colt he was in the autumn.”

Tommy Berry is excited about reuniting with Remarque. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Remarque gets an early start to his three-year-old season on Saturday in the Listed The Rosebud (1100m) at Randwick.

The son of Snitzel, a brother to 2018 Golden Slipper winner Estijaab, has been tuned up for his return with two hit-outs at the trials, winning both on his home track at Rosehill over 900 metres.

"The Golden Rose campaign is underway."

Promising @HawkesRacing colt Remarque wins a trial at @rosehillgardens on Friday from Flying Crazy and Aitchdeetee. @[email protected]/6fmC5tNtsz

Another impressive trial win by @HawkesRacing colt Remarque, ridden by Courtney Van Der Werf, at @rosehillgardens on Friday over stablemate Fire (Michael Wade) with Able Willie (Ben Cadden) running into third. @[email protected]/nMfL8YAbH6

“He’s got the two trials under his belt going into Saturday and I think that shows real intent from the stable that they want to make a statement,” Berry said.

“Every run is money with a colt like this.

“I haven’t sat on him this preparation but watching him at the trials he looks to have come back in great order.

“None of the big-name colts are there on Saturday so you’d be disappointed if he didn’t produce a forward showing on the weekend.

“He’s a good horse, a very good horse.”

Michael and Wayne Hawkes train Remarque in partnership with their father John. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

TAB fixed odds have Remarque installed as the $3.20 favourite after he opened at $3.40.

He also sits on the fifth line of betting at $15 for the Golden Rose and as a $26 chance in the Caulfield Guineas market.

With the possibility that Remarque and Stay Inside could clash in the weeks ahead, Berry wouldn’t buy into when and what his decision will be as to which horse he will choose to ride.

“First things first and that’s Remarque in The Rosebud on Saturday,” he said.

“At this stage I’m riding him on the weekend and then we’ll go from there.”

Originally published asBoom colt Remarque to make up for lost time

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