Berry to return for most of spring carnival after ban reduced

Superstar jockey Tommy Berry will be free to ride in the majority of the spring carnival after having his ban for a “tips for benefits” scandal reduced on appeal.

Berry will return a week before Epsom day, which will also allow him to ride in The Everest, after his disqualification was reduced by an appeals panel.

Tommy Berry has had his ban reduced.Credit:Getty Images

The initial year-long penalty was reduced to eight months, allowing him to get back in the saddle on September 24.

It includes a seven-month disqualification and one-month suspension, which could allow him to ride trackwork from late August.

An inquiry heard Berry’s mother received $15,000 in electronic transfers from Gold Coast butcher Zaid Miller, a prominent punter who won more than $100,000 in bets from horses Berry had ridden.

Berry was found to have also used his mobile phone regularly over more than a year in the jockeys’ room, a contravention of the rules of racing.

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