Tommy Berry dedicated his Wagga Wagga Gold Cup win aboard Abdon on Friday to Tye Angland, who landed the contest last year in the same colours belonging to Richard Pegum.
Angland won the 2018 renewal on the Chris Waller-trained Life Less Ordinary (Thewayyouare), but the multiple Group 1-winning jockey, who hails from the Riverina area, suffered spinal injuries in a race fall in Hong Kong last November, which left him a quadraplegic.
“It’s extra special this year. Obviously Tye was riding in these colours last year,” Berry said.
“I was a bit worried when they backed off the tempo mid-race but the horses that were three-wide in front of me started to make a move before the corner which took me into the race nicely,” he added.
“I got there a lot earlier than I expected and wanted to get there, but class prevailed.”