Wagga Town Plate: Tom Sherry wins feature race with only ride for the meeting

Improving sprinter Marway showed why apprentice Tom Sherry made the 900km round trip to the Riverina for one ride with a dominant performance to win Thursday’s $200,000 Wagga Town Plate (1200m).

Riding for his boss Mark Newnham, Sherry went straight to the front on the former Queensland galloper and broke his rivals hearts in an impressive frontrunning display.

He took the shortest road home along the fence to give the backmarkers little hope when scoring by a commanding four lengths.

"The Town Plate is off and gone!" ✈️

The flying Marway runs them into the ground at @mtcwagga to give @mark_mnracing and Tom Sherry a memorable feature win! pic.twitter.com/z0hJzdEyVJ

Marway ($2.90 fav) beat 2019 The Kosciuszko winner Handle The Truth ($10) with Kody Nestor’s Jailbreak ($26) a further ¾ of a length away in third.

“It was very good and as I said before the race, he was very well placed today,” Sherry said.

“He was coming off a strong win last start and back 50m was ideal for him.

“He shows an abundance of speed out of the gates and maintains it, kicks off a strong pace.

“Now he is building himself a really nice record and hopefully he can keep going through his grades and pick up a nice cheque at the end of the season.”

Sherry believes a future in black type races beckons for Marway, which only joined Newnham’s stable at the beginning of the year.

“The feel he gives you, how fast he is and how he can kick off with that sprint, you wouldn’t say he couldn’t pick up a Listed race somewhere in the city area,” he said.

“There is plenty of races for these sprinters around and the boss (Newnham) is sensational at picking them out.”

Last year’s Town Plate winner Irish Songs lost few admirers after settling last and making up ground to finish fourth.

Originally published asSherry’s long trip worthwhile after Plate blitz

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