Vale Nathan Berry

Vale Nathan Berry
By Racing Xtra

It is with great sadness that the Berry and Schofield families have requested that we advise of the passing of Mr Nathan Berry.

Nathan was on a four-month riding contract in Singapore when he collapsed at trackwork on March 18, with doctors later diagnosing the young rider with Norse syndrome, an acute form of epilepsy.

Nathan, 23, along with twin brother Tommy, was apprenticed to his father Kevin who trained at Warwick Farm and the pair quickly established themselves as top class jockeys.

Nathan rode more than 350 winners with his biggest win coming only months ago when successful aboard Unencumbered in the $2 million Magic Millions on the Gold Coast. He rode three winners in the short time he was in Singapore.

Brother Tommy dedicated his win in the opening race at Rosehill Gardens last Saturday to his ill brother and emotionally punched the air as he passed the post on The Offer.

Nathan married Whitney Schofield, daughter of top jockey Glyn Schofield, on February 2 and she kept a bedside vigil throughout his illness.

The entire racing industry is extremely distraught with the news of Nathans passing, said Mr Peter Vlandys, Racing NSWs Chief Executive.

Sadness is not a sufficient word to describe this tragedy. We are all very distressed and could not image the grief the family must be going through.

This was a young man that had the world at his feet. He won the Magic Millions in January and rose to the top of the ranks so quickly that he was offered a contract to ride in Singapore.

You would not meet a family more grounded and genuine than the Berry family. They are the most diligent and hard-working people I know.

Our sincere condolences go out to the Berry and Schofield families and Nathans wife Whitney.

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