A jockey forfeiting rides on raceday is a common occurrence but Group I winning hoop Tommy Berry found a novel excuse on Thursday for failing to make it to Newcastle.

Berry had five rides scheduled for the Newcastle meeting but had to be replaced after putting the wrong type of fuel in his car, resulting in a tow truck and a social media clip from his wife.

"Tommy Berry unable to make Newcastle races as he filled our diesel car up with $150 worth of petrol! Bye, bye Car #idiot!!" – tweeted Sharnee Berry.

The tweet also featured a tow truck driving off in the distance with the Berry family car firmly attached.

The only ride left for Tommy Berry to worry about on Thursday will be hitching a ride back home.