Authorities honour Nathan Berry

LIVERPOOL thoroughbred racing stalwart John Cornish says the Nathan Berry Medal is a fitting tribute for the late Warwick Farm jockey and his family.

Nathan Berry, 23, died of Norse syndrome, an acute form of epilepsy, on April 3.

Cornish welcomed the decision of the Australian Turf Club and Racing NSW's to name the medal in Berry's honour.

Cornish is the former chairman of the Australian Turf Club, an owner and breeder of racehorses and has also owned many businesses in Liverpool.

Jockeys riding at Randwick this Saturday and last will be awarded points on a 3-2-1 basis. The top rider will receive the Nathan Berry Medal.

Berry collapsed on March 18 after riding trackwork in Singapore.

He was in a Singapore hospital for several weeks before his family chartered a flight home back to Australia. Berry died in Royal North Shore Hospital.

His funeral service was held at Rosehill Gardens on Tuesday.

"You wouldn't meet a better family," Cornish said.

"The Berry family have been strong supporters of racing and the community.

"Nathan's death is very, very sad."

Nathan's dad Kevin Berry has been a longtime trainer at Warwick Farm. His wife Julie also works in the racing operation.

Nathan and his twin brother Tommy, also a leading jockey, went to Chipping Norton Public School and Moorebank High School.

The twins and their sister Belinda, also played for Chipping Norton Soccer Club.

Tommy Berry rode emerging stayer The Offer to victory in the Chairman's Handicap at Randwick on Saturday, dedicating the win to his brother.

"That was Nathan's win today," Berry said.

"I've got Nathan up there riding every step of the way. The past three weeks has turned my life upside down, but I'm doing what I love and what Nathan loved to do and that is to try and ride winners."

The Australian Jockeys Association has established the Nathan Berry Fund to raise money for Epilepsy Society of Australia research into Norse Syndrome.

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