HAVING A YARN WITH... Tommy Berry
Superstar jockey, Tommy Berry, who as we all know has had an amazing last few months. Recently he won the Golden Slipper on Overreach , the Doncaster on Sacred Falls and then the very day he landed in Hong Kong he wins the Group 1 QEII Cup. Thanks again to Tommy for taking the time to answer, He is an amazing jockey and a damn good bloke!! Cheers Tommy.
RN: What was your original attraction to the racing industry, and then to become a jockey?
TB: My dad was a jockey and my mum was also for a short time and then my dad got too heavy and became a trainer. So, we were brought up in the industry and just wanted to follow in my fathers footsteps.
Who was the person/s you learnt the most from as an apprentice?
I learnt how to ride from Paul cave from a young age. Then learnt a lot off Rodney Quinn who has been a great rider for many many years.
Did you have a favourite jockey when you were growing up? If so, Did you model your style on him or her?
My favourite jockey's growing up were Quinn, Beadman and C.Williams and I have modelled my self as much as I can on C.Williams.
How did it come about that you went to ride for Gai?
After winning the magic millions aboard Karuta Queen, Gai approached me about the number 2 position in her stable as I had a great strike rate and knew how to rate horse's well in front and that's where it all started.
This season has been amazing for you. Did you ever think you could string together this run of group ones?
Not in a lifetime would I have dreamed of having such a great season but it could not have happened with out plenty of suppor
You have ridden some super horses in the last few years. Can your name your top 3?
I would have to say Overreach, Glencadam Gold and Military Attack have been the best of them.
2013 doncaster - You are riding kiwi roughie Sacred Falls, your stable horse pierro is hot fave, at the 200m mark Nash goes for pierro and you had a lap full of horse with sacred falls, what were you thinking when you sailed past him?
It takes a very talented horse to go past Pierro like he did!! I was just Gobsmacked.
Can you name your career number 1 highlight?
My career highlight would have to be winning the Golden Slipper on Overreach!! Riding in the Melbourne Cup was a massive thrill as well.
Who is your toughest rival jockey?
I think N.Rawiller and H.Bowman are my biggest competitors in Sydney at the moment. Oh and how could I forget your man Jim Cassidy!
Who is the best trainer you have ridden for?
I would have to say Gai and Chris Waller have been the best I have ridden for. John Moore and John Size are right up there as well.
You've already won a group 1 in Hong Kong. How different is it riding there, compared to Sydney?
It is not that different. The riding is a lot more hustle an bustle but the competition is just as good and they all love there racing.
What do you see yourself doing in 10 years time?
Still riding, hopefully with a beautiful family!