Top jockeys battle it out for 2022 Nathan Berry Medal
April 1, 2022
One of horse racing’s most prestigious awards, the Nathan Berry Medal, will be one of the highlights of Day 1 of The Star Championships this Saturday.
Many of the Australia’s best jockeys will be competing over the two days of The Star Championships at Royal Randwick to claim the treasured Medal.
“The Nathan Berry Medal recognises riding excellence during The Championships and honours a highly regarded young man who was enormously popular throughout the racing industry,” said Racing NSW Chief Executive, Peter V’landys AM.
“The Nathan Berry Medal is now into its ninth year and is considered one of racing’s most valuable and sought-after awards.”
The Nathan Berry Medal, presented by his twin brother Tommy to the most successful jockey over the 12 races of The Star Championships, pays tribute to the former top jockey who passed away in early April 2014.
Nathan was 23 and had great success riding 351 winners with his biggest victory being on
Unencumbered in the Magic Millions in January 2014.
The Nathan Berry Medal point score is determined on a 3-2-1 basis across the 10 Group races as well as the Finals of the Country and Provincial-Midway Championships, with the winner announced at the completion of the final race of The Star Championships (Saturday 9 April).
The Nathan Berry Medal is unique as it features his initials ‘NJB’ in the same font Nathan carried on his racing jodhpurs and is adorned by a light blue & dark blue ribbon – mirroring the colours he carried on Unencumbered.
James McDonald scored 14 points to take out last year’s Medal from Kerrin McEvoy (10 points), Tommy Berry (9pts), Englishman Tom Marquand (7pts) and multiple-Medal winner Hugh Bowman (5pts).
2021 – JAMES McDONALD
2020 – GLEN BOSS
2019 – HUGH BOWMAN
2018 – BLAKE SHINN
2017 – HUGH BOWMAN
2016 – HUGH BOWMAN
2015 – HUGH BOWMAN
2014 – TOMMY BERRY/JAMES McDONALD (tied)
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