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Racing's Top Echelon Compete For 2016 Nathan Berry Medal

Thursday, 31st March 2016

Many of Australia's best jockeys will be at Royal Randwick this Saturday competing for the prestigious Nathan Berry Medal on the opening day of The Championships. The Medal is named in honour of the former top jockey who passed away in April 2014 and is awarded to the most successful jockey over the 12 races of The Championships. The point score is determined on a 3-2-1 basis across the eagerly anticipated 10 Group races as well as the Finals of the Country and Provincial Championships, with the winner announced on Day 2 of The Championships (Saturday 9 April). "The Nathan Berry Medal pays tribute to a very popular young jockey whose life was cut short during his prime," said Racing NSW Chief Executive, Peter V'landys AM. "This is a very significant award for excellence during The Championships." Nathan Berry, 23, died in April 2014 having ridden 351 winners with his biggest victory being aboard Unencumbered in the Magic Millions only a couple of months earlier. The Nathan Berry Medal is unique as it features his initials 'NJB' on the medal in the same font Nathan sported on his racing jodhpurs and is adorned by a dark & light blue ribbon – the colours he carried on Unencumbered. Fittingly, Nathan's twin brother Tommy tied for first with James McDonald in the inaugural 2014 Nathan Berry Medal. TAB has installed defending Medal winner Hugh Bowman as this year's favourite elect ahead of James McDonald and Tommy Berry.

2016 Nathan Berry Medal winner

$2.80 Hugh Bowman

$3.20 James McDonald

$3.80 Tommy Berry

$7.50 Blake Shinn

$18 Zac Purton

$31 Brenton Avdulla, Damien Oliver

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