Tommy Berry Jockey Of The Month October 2016
Jockey Of The Month - Tommy Berry
Thus far, in the young 2016 – 2017 Australian thoroughbred racing season, it is hard to find a hoop that works harder or smarter than our October Jockey of the Month, Tommy Berry.
Two and a half months into the season, he has made 83 starts and currently sits in second position amongst jockeys competing for the Sydney premiership. Only Kerrin McEvoy, with 71 starts, is anywhere near Berry in terms of showing up for work.
Tommy Berry has ridden 13 winners thus far, finished second on 9 occasions and third in 11 races. He also has a combined 20 fourth and fifth place finishes and his 15.70 percent strike rate is impressive given his number of starts, being surpassed by only well knowns such as Hugh Bowman and Brenton Avdulla when a minimum criterion of 50 starts is applied to the statistics.
All that is good, but where owners and trainers are concerned, it is the prize money captured that defines jockey prowess. Berry currently has over $932, 000 in his bag, giving him an average of over $11,000 for every time he has climbed in the saddle to race.
The thing that makes Berry’s money bag look all the better is that he has been riding not only the major metropolitan venues, but also putting in hard work at the rural tracks. He has been spending a good portion of his time of late riding at Flemington as well, with a third place to his credit earned whilst riding David Pfieffer prepared Denmagic in the Group 1 Meyer Classic on October 29 and a fifth in the Group 1 Victoria Derby on the Hawks’ Swear.
Berry bagged a triple with three consecutive wins in mid-October, one on Nudierudie, at Canterbury on the 21st. Two days prior, on the 19th, he won twice at Warwick Farm, riding Chaussure for Chris Waller, and then again on another Hawks horse, Katswiri.
Berry finished third behind James McDonald and Nash Rawiller, so it is clear that he is quietly going about his business and building the sort of reputation that earns rides with the top stables, trainers and thoroughbreds.
In his burgeoning career, Berry has already pulled in almost $63 million for his employers, and in additions to Hawks and Waller, he has taken many rides for Gai Waterhouse.
He is no stranger to the big stage, either. He has won the Golden Slipper Stakes twice, the first time on Overreach in 2013, and then again in 2015 on Vancouver, the horse he also steered to a win in the Group 3 Canonbury and the Group 2 Todman Stakes at Rosehill and Randwick, respectively.
He teamed with Chautauqua in 2015 and 2016 to salute the post in the Group 1 T.J. Smith Classic. This past autumn at the AJC Championships Carnival, he guided Tavago to a $1.3 million payday in the Group 1 Australian Derby.
Congratulations on past successes and sincere wishes for continued success to Tommy Berry, our October Jockey of the Month.