Grown men may just stand at the airport crying as they wave Tommy Berry away to Hong Kong.
Be it punters, the media, or Sydney racing administrators, everyone knows the scale of the loss.
The upstanding people in racing are easy to spot; the sport - in the saddle and out of it - is full of them.
But the quality promoters aren’t so recognisable.
Caption: James Goves with the trophy. (Pic: Sky Channel)
The big race wins, on Chautauqua in particular, presenting himself as the family man in a family sport, and even locking himself in a clothes dryer, as he did this week, are examples as to why Berry sits near the top of the list when it comes to racing’s most crucial public figures.
Berry is, directly and indirectly, one of racing's best promoters, and on Saturday at Doomben he again showed why the industry’s publicity machine is going to be left with a gaping hole, when he crosses the pacific.
Somewhat symbolically, his latest gesture came following a win on a horse co-traine...