A Serious Win by Comic

Jan 29, 2017

It was no shock to see Comic Set hit winning form so quickly, but the style of his debut victory at Yarra Valley on Saturday was somewhat of a surprise!

Getting a long way back from a tricky outside gate, the promising three-year-old swung very wide at the turn, spotting the leaders some five lengths - looking to have the task ahead.

But over the final 100m he really let go, putting in the big strides to claim victory right on the line.

And adding merit to the win was the fact that the pattern of the day firmly advantaged those on pace.

"He is a horse who has always shown us good ability," Michael Kent said, "he has just been on the immature side."

As an orphan foal, Comic Set has always been patiently handled, well raised at Nigel and Meredith Berry's Illowa Stud, Nagambie.

Also breeders and part owners of the stable's talented stayer Oncidium Ruler, the Berrys have a long horse history having been involved with hunting for several decades.

For five years president of the Yarra Glen Hunt Club, Nigel represented Victoria in three day eventing competitions and was short listed for the world games.

It was a rather unorthodox path to breeding horses for Nigel whose interest in pedigrees began with chickens and how breeds can be improved with the study of genetics.

One day, aged around 12, Nigel was at the Show enjoying the chickens when he decided to drop in at Flemington and have a look around. It was immediate; racing took his fancy straight away... "I was hooked!"

Fast forward to late 2012 and the Berry's purchased Woodburn and are now producing a nice group of horses that have been doing very well in the Kent stable.

Such as Comic Set, a son of Reset out of the Distorted Humor mare Riddles, a winner in Brisbane from the family that produced outstanding stallion Hussonet.