There was a quality about Nathan Berry that made him likeable. That's why he will be remembered as a remarkable young man, rather than just a jockey.
From the time he walked into the jockeys' room as a 15-year-old apprentice he won over the racing community with his nature. It is a near impossible task to please everyone, especially in racing, but Nathan seemed to be able to achieve it.
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Nathan Berry dies, age 23
Jockey Nathan Berry has died from Norse syndrome, an acute form of epilepsy, at the age of 23. Nine News.
Berry and his twin, Tommy, went through their careers together and were always there to celebrate each other's successes. Often twins are defined by each other as a collective, but not the Berry brothers. They were individuals.
Nathan's biggest win came in January's Magic Millions Classic on Unencumbered, a colt he was supposed to ride in Saturday's Golden Slipper.
It was not to be, and the pain of not having Nathan on Unencumbered hit his trainer Bjorn Baker hard.
"My staff love him, I love him," Baker said on Thursday before news of Nathan's death. "He is that sort of guy.
"He did all the work on this horse.
"The Magic Millions was his biggest win and my biggest, and I can't get the picture of him coming back on [Unencumbered] at the Gold Coast out of my mind.
"He isn't just a jockey, he is my mate and friend."
That is how Berry will remembered – not by winners but as a friend to all in the racing industry.
"You wouldn't meet a a nicer young man and that can't be overstated," Racing NSW chief steward Ray Murrihy said.
Berry won 351 races and rode across the country as well as in Hong Kong and Singapore, where he only recently had taken up a four-month riding contract.
It was a long way from when Nathan and Tom were ferried to meetings around the state by their mother, Julie. The two Berrys would walk into the room together and always leave together, but couldn't wait to get their licences and lose their driver.
Nathan got to Sydney first, and his talent was obvious. He showed it off when he won the Razor Sharp Stakes on Rubinda as a teenager. He would add group 3 wins on Malavio in last year's Tramway Stakes, Va Pensiero in the Run To The Rose and Unencumbered in the McLachlan Stakes.
Berry had only married his sweetheart Whitney, a daughter of fellow jockey Glyn Schofield, a couple of months ago and the future looked bright starting in Singapore.
But he collasped at trackwork just over two weeks ago and never really recovered.
Tom has spent the past a couple of weeks bedside with Nathan but came back to ride at Rosehill last Saturday, winning on The Offer.
“[Nathan] is the strongest person I have ever met and I knew he would want me to come back today and be just as strong for him," Tom said after the win. "This is what he would want me to do."
However, the bond between them, which was always obvious, was shown by another statement.
"The only time I won't be thinking about him is when I'm on a horse, but once I past that post, he will be back in the front of my thoughts," Tom said.