McGillivray and Berry suspended after Queensland Derby fall

Matt McGillivray and Tommy Berry have been suspended for careless riding leading to a fall in the Group 1 Queensland Derby at Eagle Farm on June 8th in which Corey Brown was seriously injured.

McGillivray, who rode Grand Bouquet, was suspended for three weeks while Berry on Nobu, was suspended for two weeks after they were found guilty of the charges.Tim Clark was originally also charged but after submissions was found not guilty.

Brown fell from Lord Arthur in the incident and suffered injuries including fractures in his back and he has not ridden since. Lord Arthur was euthanised after the fall.

McGillivray was charged with trying to take a run at the 300m where there was insufficient room. Clark was charged with allowing his mount Star of Carrum to shift out when not clear of horses on his outside while Berry was charged with allowing Nobu to shift in when not clear of horses on his inside.

All three pleaded not guilty and stewards accepted that Clark had not contributed enough to the incident to warrant a conviction.

McGillivray was suspended from October 30th to November 20th while Berry was suspended from October 30th to November 13th, however both will appeal and they will not miss riding over the rest of the spring.

Corey Brown, picture