Francis Martin Berry was bred to be a jockey. His father Frank was a Classic-winning apprentice who was Irish champion jump rider 10 times and – after a spell training – is now racing manager to owner J P McManus. Fran Berry, whose brother Alan is a successful National Hunt amateur, originally made his name as a jump jockey, winning the 1999 Coral Cup at the Cheltenham Festival on Khayrawani.
Despite being 5 foot 8 inches tall, he is able to ride off 8st 8lb and now concentrates on the Flat. He served as second rider behind Mick Kinane at John Oxx’s powerful Curragh stable from 2002 until the end of 2009 when Kinane retired and Berry was promoted to the number one spot for the 2010 campaign.
Berry landed the 2005 Ascot Stakes at the Royal Meeting on the Tony Martin-trained Leg Spinner and recorded a first Group 1 success as the Jessica Harrington-trained Pathfork landed the National Stakes at the Curragh in September 2010. He has also ridden four Group race winners in Japan in 2013 and 2014.
QIPCO British Champions Series Victories
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