The racing community is mourning the passing of young jockey Nathan Berry. The 23-year-old died on Thursday after a battle with Norse Syndrome, a condition related to epilepsy.
Berry was on a four-month riding contract in Singapore when he collapsed at trackwork in mid-March.
After suffering a series of seizures, he was diagnosed with Norse Syndrome and placed in an induced coma.
Berry’s condition deteriorated this week, prompting his family to arrange for him to be flown home. He arrived in Sydney on Thursday morning before passing away that afternoon.
“The entire racing industry is extremely distraught with the news of Nathan’s passing,” Racing NSW chief executive Peter V’landys said in a statement.
“Sadness is not a sufficient word to describe this tragedy.
“We are all very distressed and could not imagine 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 Nathan’s wife Whitney,’’ said V’landys.
Berry rode 351 winners; his career highlight came in January when he piloted Unencumbered to victory in the Magic Millions 2-year-old Classic on the Gold Coast.
In early February he married Whitney Schofield, the daughter of Sydney rider Glyn Schofield.
Glyn was one of a host of jockeys to express his grief on social media.
“The man we love so much and will miss even more. Losing you cuts so deep buddy R.I.P” Schofield tweeted.