Star jockey to miss Hawkesbury standalone meeting

Tommy Berry will miss Saturday week’s Hawkesbury Gold Cup meeting as his Sydney premiership aspirations took a hit after picking up a suspension for a winning ride at Canterbury on Wednesday.

Berry was first past the post when booting home the Chris Waller-trained Rules Don’t Apply to score in the Ranvet Benchmark 72 Handicap (1550m).

But ironically Racing NSW stewards determined after the race that Berry had operated outside the rules of racing when scoring a surprise win on the $17 chance.

After reviewing the footage, stewards found Berry had shifted out on the turn when insufficiently clear of Fifteen Aria.

Another tight photo finish at Canterbury! 📸 Rules Don't Apply gets there in the end and makes it a treble for @cwallerracingpic.twitter.com/TjE86z8mFB

The move caused flow on interference to the Hugh Bowman-ridden Azarmin, which finished third, despite becoming sandwiched between Fifteen Aria and Wild Irish to his outside.

Stewards handed down a charge under AR131(a) for careless riding and suspended Berry’s licence for three meetings.

It will see him out of the saddle from Monday, April 26 to Sunday, May 2.

That will see him miss the Hawkesbury Standalone meeting on May 1 which will be headlined by three Group 3 – The Hawkesbury Gold Cup, Hawkesbury Guineas and Hawkesbury Crown.

Berry had been coming off a feature double at Randwick on Saturday and is 13 metropolitan wins behind James McDonald in the race for the Sydney jockeys’ premiership.

He is also second in the NSW statewide premiership where he sits 12 wins off Blaike McDougall.

Originally published asBerry gets a holiday for winning ride

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