It's Tougher at the Bottom
by Jack Berry
Publications Ltd, London First Edition, 1991. Special Edition signed by
Jack on the first day of the Flat Season, 21st March, 1991. (see picture
below). hardback book with dust jacket. 192 pages including the index.
Illustrated with b&w photographs.
Berry's Racing Background:
Started his apprenticeship with Charlie Hall
and rode out horses for John "Towser" Gosden, father of noted
British trainer John Gosden, when they stopped over en route to northern
tracks. Rode on the flat in 1952, but the following year he turned to
jumping and his biggest wins came in the Montague Hurdle in 1963 and 1966.
His jumping career was rather lackluster, as he only accumulated 47 wins,
only one number larger than the number of bones he broke before leaving
the saddle in 1969 and taking out a trainer's license.
Berry's Racing Career
Berry, now retired, is renowned as a trainer
of very fast horses and is particularly successful with his two-year-olds
... He is one of Britain's best known racing characters and always wears
a red shirt to the races. The author of three books, Berry titled his
autobiography "A Year in Red Shirts". His other books, entitled
"It's Tougher at the Bottom" and "One to Go" (co-written
with Alex Ferguson), contain anecdotal stories about horseracing ... Jack
also branched into the recording business in 1997 with an album called
"Off And Running", a collection of songs with a country/western
feel. Some of the proceeds went to the charities he has long supported
... Among his best horses were dual group 2 winner Bolshoi and Mind Games.
The latter won group races at ages two, three, and four and was Champion
European three-year-old sprint colt in 1995 ... Bolshoi's group 2 wins,
the King's Stand Stakes and the Tripleprint Temple Stakes, both came in
1998, in his fifth year of competition ... Though a group 1 eluded him,
Berry rates winning the Ayr Gold Cup, with So Careful in 1988, and his
three wins at Royal Ascot in 1998 as his biggest thrills. The three wins
at Ascot included a double with Selhurstpark Flyer and the King's Stand
with Bolshoi ... Saddling Bolshoi to a seventh-place finish in the '98
Breeders' Cup Sprint marked his only entrant in the championship races
... Berry took the the British training title in 1990 and trained over
1,500 winners in his career ... He also trained Palacegate Jack to give
Lester Piggott his last British win ... He owned Moss Side Racing Stables
at Cockerham, near Lancaster in the North West of England ... Upon retirement
in 2000, Berry's son Alan took over the yard ... He has done a lot of
work for the Injured Jockeys Fund and often accompanies them on their
annual holiday. He is a trustee for the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre.
He also opens up his yard for charity and has organized charity race meetings
... He was made a member of the British Empire in the Queen's birthday
honors in 1996.
The dust jacket remains unclipped and in good condition - the book itself
is in good condition with clean pages throughout - the front endpaper
'Special Edition' pasted-on slip signed by the author.
UK - £3.00 / Europe 6.50 / US and REST OF WORLD £7.50