Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

All for His Brother; Jockey to Ride a Wave of Support after Twin's Death

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

All for His Brother; Jockey to Ride a Wave of Support after Twin's Death

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RACING: On Golden Slipper day 12 months ago, Nathan Berry walked the Rosehill track with his then 22-year-old twin brother, Tommy, early in the morning to try to work out a race plan for the world's richest two-year-old classic.

Just hours later Nathan stood alongside his brother at the presentation after Tommy rode the perfect race on favourite Overreach to land the biggest win of his career.

Close to tears, Tommy paid an emotional tribute to his twin.

"He's been beside me for my whole career. My family has supported me so much," he said.

The entire racing industry has thrown its support behind Tommy, who will ride $17 chance Valentia for trainer Gai Waterhouse in today's $3.5 million Slipper, just two days after Nathan's death in a Sydney hospital from Norse syndrome, an acute form of epilepsy.

Victory would spark an outpouring of emotion, evoking memories of Damien Oliver's victory on Media Puzzle in the 2002 Melbourne Cup one week after his brother, Jason, died in a trackwork accident in Western Australia.

Nathan had been booked to ride Unencumbered in the Slipper -- he rode the colt to victory in the Magic Millions on the Gold Coast in January. …

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