Fran Berry forced to retire for medical reasons after the fall of the horror in Wolverhampton | Horse racing news



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The first group's winning jockey, Fran Berry, was forced to retire from the saddle after receiving severe injuries in a terrible crash in Wolverhampton in January.

Berry, 38, has brought a successful career spanning 23 years after consulting his surgeon about spinal injuries suffered when his Bamako Du Chatelet hill fell on a 1m6f handicap.

The Kildare County-born pilot, who moved to Britain in 2016, was working for a comeback but received the news he feared in a meeting with experts.

"It's a shame things have ended like this, but my rehabilitation is not progressing as we would have liked and having talked to my surgeon Dr. Mike Foy and Dr. Jerry Hill, the decision was made by me." said Berry.

"Hearing this was very emotional and still not sunk, but I knew I had neck problems in particular, since my movement is quite restricted."

Berry fractured six vertebrae in his spine and broke four ribs in the fall, and reflects on the prospect's late-career incident.

"Driving has been a big part of my life – I rode my first winner at age 15 – and it's hard to have to stop, but things could have been much worse with the Wolverhampton crash," he said.

Berry is the son of several jockey Frank Irish champion and rode the first of more than 1,300 career winners when he was still at school in Loughmogue by his father at Flat in Navan in 1996.

He then went through jumps and won a successful Cheltenham Festival at the 1999 Coral Cup at the Khayrawani owned JP McManus and also won the Grade 1 Ladbroke Hurdle at Leopardstown in 2000 at the Mantles Prince.

Despite being quite tall for a jockey, he later returned to focus on the Flat and was hired as a second jockey for Mick Kinane in John Oxx's stable before taking over as number one in 2010.

He took advantage of his best time the same year when he mounted the two-year-old Pathfork champion to win the Group 1 National Stakes by Jessica Harrington.

A call with Ralph Beckett signaled a move to Britain in 2016, but the duo split up a year later and Berry was subsequently in the freelance role.

Berry, who twice won the Silver Saddle Award at the Shergar Cup, was flying high in 2018 with a victory at the Chester Cup at Magic Circle and great success at home and abroad with the popular gray Thundering Blue.

"I did three years in Britain and last year was very good. I was with contacts and really looking forward to it," he said.

"However, I'm very blessed to have had the career I've had, winning races at Royal Ascot, Cheltenham and Tokyo and wherever I am. It was a great adventure to compete at the highest level on the best tracks in the world." "

Berry will not miss out on the races as he should join the Racing TV team as part of a media career.


Fran Berry CV

Full name Francis Martin Berry

We are born January 2, 1981

Dad Frank Berry (10-time jumping champion in Ireland; race manager for JP McManus)

First winner Loughmogue (trainer Frank Berry) in Flat, Navan, May 6, 1996

First two winners on jumps Total Success and Make a Move, Fairyhouse, January 1, 1998

First winner in Britain and first big race winner Khayrawani, Oddbins Handicap Hurdle, Aintree, April 3, 1998

Winner of group 1 Pathfork (2010 national participations)

Cheltenham Festival Winner Khayrawani (1999 Coral Cup)

Winner Ladbroke Hurdle (Leopardstown) Mantos Príncipe (2000)

2nd class winner in Japan (richest prize) Danon Ballade (2013 American Jockey Club Cup, Nakayama)

Group 2 winners Curtain Call (Beresford Stakes 2007), Duff (Park Stakes 2009, Doncaster), Laughing Lashes (2010 Debutante Stakes), Pathfork (2010 Futurity Stakes), Dragon Futures Stakes, Kool Kompany (2014 Railway Stakes), Thundering Blue (2018 York Stakes)

Royal Ascot Winners Legendary Spinner (Ascot Stakes 2005, York), Well Sharp (Ascot Stakes 2013), Domination (Ascot Stakes 2014), Kinema (Duke of Edinburgh Handicap 2016)

Other notable winners Total success (1998 Bisquit Cognac Hurdle), Jumbajukiba (4 Group 3 races), Magic Circle (2018 Chester Cup, Henry II Stakes), Thundering Blue (2018 Stockholm International Cup)

Last winner Nefarious, Wolverhampton, January 19, 2019

Last hill Bamako Du Chatelet (fell) Wolverhampton, January 29, 2019

Second place in the Irish jockeys championship 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010

More wins in an Irish season 88 in 2010

Highest number of victories in a British season 74 in 2018

Total wins in Ireland 1.057 (1.020 flat, 37 jumps)

Total wins in Great Britain 204 (200 planes, 4 jumps)


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