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Top jockey Tommy Berry will front Racing NSW stewards after he was charged with five counts of accepting “consideration” without permission and illegally using a mobile phone at a racecourse.
The charges were laid by Racing NSW stewards this week following an investigation that also involved registered owner and punter Zaid Miller.
Two of the charges against Berry were brought under rule AR115, which states that a jockey must not “accept or agree to accept any money, gift or other consideration in respect of a horse in a race without the consent of the stewards and its nominator. “.
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Berry was also asked to answer charges relating to the possession and use of a mobile phone at a racecourse between October 2021 and September 2022, along with conduct damaging “the image, interests, integrity or welfare of racing by providing tips and accepting consideration from Zaid Miller”.
Miller’s charges relate to conduct that caused Berry to violate the rules of horse racing and activities prejudicial to the interests of horse racing.
Stewards also charged jockeys Jordan Mallyon and Jack Martin with betting on horse races and Kayla Nisbet with accepting money from professional bookie Jacob Hoffman in relation to a horse in the race.
Hoffman was also asked to answer eight charges, four of them in relation to Martin and Nisbet.
The date of the hearing has not yet been set.
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