Following Father; Alan Berry Aiming to Keep His Family Flag Flying High on the Turf
Byline: COLIN MACKENZIE
JACK BERRY was famous for achieving early Flat season success. Now his son Alan has taken over and is charged with keeping the Berry name at the forefront of excellence.
However, Alan, 36, does not expect fireworks at Doncaster this week.
Furthermore, although he may have a handful of runners at the opening meeting, he does not expect his two-year-olds to run in earnest for another month.
The plain fact is that Moss Side Racing Stables at Cockerham in Lancashire has been the wettest place to train in Britain this winter.
So while the Newmarket and Lambourn stables have benefit-ted from the mildest of climates, the Berry horses are backward.
Berry junior, who took over the yard from his father on New Year's Day, began in the best possible fashion when his first runner Gar-nock Valley won at Southwell.
'We're slightly down in numbers from last year,' he said yesterday.
'We had a poor bunch of two-year-olds last season and we had to have a sort out.
'Also, the horses were never quite right last year, always being tested for one problem or another.
It was a shame because dad wanted to go out on a high but in the end we managed only 72 winners from 120 horses.
'This time I have got about 90 in including 44 two-year-olds. It has been so cold and miserable here that the horses don't look right yet. It just seems to stay wetter longer in this part of the world.
'This season I am aiming at 50 winners. That would be a realistic target.
We have only worked the two-year-olds twice but I think I have at least one really nice Zafonic filly called Summerhill Parkes. …