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Tommy Berry: intends to appeal the ban
Sydney-based top jockey Tommy Berry will not be able to race until next year after being found guilty of accepting payments from a top punter after the latter placed successful bets .
Berry, who has ridden more than 1,500 winners, was handed a total disqualification of 12 months and two weeks for “accepting or agreeing to accept consideration” from player Zaid Miller, and an additional four-week suspension for have a cell phone in the weigh-in. room.
According to reports from NewsCorp and Fairfax Media, Berry has signaled his intention to appeal the ban and will seek a stay of proceedings so he can continue riding until an appeal is heard.
Considerations were reported to relate to successful bets placed by Miller on Chris Waller-trained Waterford at Warwick Farm on March 23 last year and character trained by James Cummings and promise of success formed by John O’ Shea to Newcastle five days later. . Berry rode the first two named horses in these races.
Racing New South Wales stewards discovered Miller had transferred $15,000 (£8,540 / €9,650) to Berry’s mother Julie after the punter won more than $100,000 (£56,930 / €64 €310) during races on the advice of the jockey.
Under Australian racing rules, it is illegal for jockeys to accept consideration from anyone other than the owner of a horse without permission from the stewards.
Berry’s disqualification was to begin immediately after the penalty was handed down on Tuesday and not expire until midnight on Sunday, December 31, before the additional four-week suspension was enforced, rendering him ineligible to ride until January 29 of the next year.
Miller received a 15-month disqualification for his role in the infractions, meaning he cannot bet on sports or own horses while suspended.
Berry has ridden 37 top-level winners, including seven in Hong Kong, two in Singapore and 23 in Sydney.
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FIRST PUBLISHED AT 11:26 AM, JANUARY 17, 2023
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