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Perry Family History

A Novocastrian through and through, Paul Munro Perry was born July 15, 1949, the son of Ron and Beryl Perry from Mayfield, Newcastle.

At the age of two, Paul started going to the stables of his grandfather, Bert Dunning and a lifelong love affair with racehorses began.

Paul was apprenticed in July 1964 to champion Newcastle trainer Ray Wallace at Broadmeadow and when he sat his written test as an apprentice, he aced the exam scoring 100%, a result never before achieved.

In November of the same year, Paul rode his first winner in the first division of the First Intermediate Handicap at Newcastle at only his sixth race ride and in December, was awarded two trophies at the annual Newcastle apprentice's party for Most Improved Rider and Best General Knowledge.

In September 1965, Paul rode his first Sydney winner aboard Little Nigger, sweeping down the outside for a runaway win.

He went on to ride some 25 winners from Scone to Randwick before ever-increasing weight forced him to abandon his dreams of becoming a champion jockey when he was just 17.

Paul then opted for a complete change of pace joining the armed forces for three years, before going on to work at a dockyard, but racing was in his blood and in 1972 he applied for a trainers permit.

A move into horse training seemed the logical step forward for Paul given his family involvement.

His father Ron enjoyed considerable success as a jockey riding in New South Wales and Brisbane, while his mother Beryl was the daughter of Broadmeadow trainer Bert Dunning.

Ron Jnr, Paul's younger brother also pursued a career in the saddle riding more than 60 winners including 13 in the metropolitan area when based with Randwick trainer Fil Allotta.

Paul's first winner as a trainer was Secret Jim on August 18, 1973 at Newcastle and was ridden by his brother Ron Jnr.

It was an auspicious beginning to what has become a memorable and rewarding career as one of Australia's most innovative and successful horse trainers.

A flood of winners emerged from the stable during the eighties and early stakes success with horses such as Nimble Touch, Crossroads, Plum Shore, Copatonic and Home Maid paved the way for Paul's first Group One winner Navy Seal, who won the AJC Epsom Handicap in 1994.

Group One winners have continued to flow in subsequent years including Bezeal Bay, Dantelah, Notoire, Choisir, Stratum, Fastnet Rock and Newport.

Paul's two sons Shannon and Nathan both work in the family business with their father, while another long time member of the successful racing team is Paul's Stable Manager Keyren Forbes, who has been with Paul for more than 25 years since joining him straight from school.

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