Tommy Berry has reconfirmed he will ride at the Golden Slipper meeting where the Group Two Tulloch Stakes will be renamed in a tribute to his late twin brother and fellow jockey Nathan.
Tommy and Nathan’s father-in-law Glyn Schofield and brother-in-law Chad Schofield, are all scheduled to ride on Saturday and Racing NSW chief steward Ray Murrihy says officials will do all they can to shield the family and are prepared for a change of plans.
“We will accede to what the families, the Berrys and the Schofields want,” Murrihy said.
“Tom Berry has shown a maturity that you couldn’t expect of a 23-year-old.
“We will be shielding Glyn and Tommy particularly from as much glare as possible.
“If there needs to be a change we are prepared, but we understand all three will ride.”
A professional counsellor will be available to all jockeys at the meeting.
“Racing NSW has a full-time counsellor who will spend the day in the jockeys’ room,” Murrihy said.
“The counsellor will be there for all the riders.”
Nathan Berry recently married Whitney Schofield and the young couple were in Singapore when he was struck down on March 18 with what was diagnosed as NORSE syndrome, an epilepsy-related condition.
After two weeks of treatment and a downturn in his condition, Nathan was flown home to Sydney where he died on Thursday.
The Nathan Berry Tulloch Stakes is the fifth race on the Rosehill program and Tommy, Glyn and Chad Schofield and close friend Christian Reith, all have rides in the race.