Jockey slapped with ban after causing fatal fall that left another rider injured
Australian jockey Tommy Berry has been banned for a month after causing a fatal fall at Randwick Races.
Berry has been penalised after his horse collided with Xtremetime – who had to be put down as a result of the fall – in a Group 2 on Saturday.
Brenton Avdulla, Xtremetime’s jockey, was left severely concussed in the immediate aftermath and further scans found he had also suffered a fractured vertebrae in his neck and a small bleed in his brain.
Avdulla will wear a neck brace for at least six weeks and will be out of action for a while to aid his recovery following the sickening collision.
The accident was ultimately caused by Berry as he tried to manoeuvre his horse when there wasn’t sufficient space, causing Xtremetime to clip his heels and fall.
When giving evidence at a stewards’ inquiry on Wednesday, Berry pleaded guilty to careless riding.
“You can see that I realise the actions I’ve made quite quickly once I put myself in that position,” Berry acknowledged.
“I didn’t continue to ride alone once I knew the position Brenton Avdulla was in. I did stop for a number of strides to relieve the pressure.
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“I realised myself, as soon as I did it. It happened very quickly, we were racing so tight as it was and I didn’t realise how quickly Jean’s mount was giving ground.
“Once I did we were both sort of strung up there and it became aware to me quite quickly I had Brenton in a pretty sticky situation.
“I was already hard on (jockey Tim Clark's) heels and I couldn’t really relieve the pressure until he did so once I knew I had Brenton in that spot I didn’t continue to go on with it.”
Avdulla also gave evidence at the hearing, although his recollection of the event has been affected due to the nature of the fall.
“Memory-wise, I can sort of remember just up to it and as I sort of clipped the heal,” the 30-year-old jockey said.
“Then I don’t remember anything until I was in the ambulance and nearly at hospital.”
Berry, who has won over 1300 races and nearly £59 million in prize money across a successful career, can return to riding on September 30.
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