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Aust Jockey Berry Denied UK Licence
Meanwhile top NSW apprentice Nathan Berry "has had his licence application denied by British racing officials, ruling out a working holiday in England next month," reported The Daily Telegraph. Berry (currently 3rd in the Sydney apprentices' premiership) "was set to embark on a 2-month riding stint with leading trainer Mick Channon from July 1". He commented: "It is obviously pretty disappointing, I've been itching to get over there, but there is nothing we can do about it. Everything had been pretty much organised, my flights, accommodation, all that was booked, but they would not grant me a licence because I am an apprentice. Mick Channon was keen for me to come, he did everything he could to get me there but the authority still said no." Berry (who has a year left on his apprenticeship) plans to fulfil his ambition to ride in Europe once he becomes a senior rider, noting: "The only thing that stopped me getting a licence was that I am an apprentice. Mick said he would be happy to have me at any time, so hopefully in 12 months I'll finally be able to get over there."