Fran Berry

Date of Birth: January 2, 1981

County of origin: Kildare

First winner: Loughmogue (Frank Berry) Navan, May 6, 1996

Final winner: Times Past (Henry Candy) Wolverhampton, January 19, 2019

Notable horses (Selected): Pathfork; Khayrawani; Thundering Blue; Kool Kompany; Dragon Pulse; Laughing Lashes; Duff; Curtain Call; Air Pilot; Pleaseletmewin; Queen Blossom; Jack Naylor;  Bocca Baciata; Cat O'Mountain; Bible Belt; Hitchens; Ballybacka Lady; Snaefell;  Rayeni; Jumbajukiba; Age Of Chivalry; Grecian Dancer; Noelani; Common World; Osterhase; Miss Sally; Behkiyra; Caradak; Mkuzi; Total Success.

Did you know:

Bred to be a jockey, Fran is a son of Classic-winning apprentice (Giolla Mea in the 1968 Irish St Leger) and subsequent 10-time champion National Hunt jockey, Frank Berry. Fran originally made his name as a jump jockey, winning the 1999 Coral Cup at the Cheltenham Festival on Khayrawani but is best known as a hugely respected Flat jockey.

He served as second rider, behind Michael 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. But following the appointment of Johnny Murtagh in 2011, he relinquished that role to become a freelance.

In 2016, Fran made the move across the Irish Sea to become stable jockey to Ralph Beckett. The arrangement ended in in June, 2017, but Berry continued to be based in Britain. He enjoyed a first Group 1 success on the Jessica Harrington-trained Pathfork in the 2010 National Stakes at the Curragh and also enjoyed notable success in Japan. He rode four Royal Ascot winners.

Fran announced his retirement from the saddle on Monday, April 1 on medical grounds. He said on the day, "For the past 23 years, I have got to live out my childhood dream of being a jockey.

"But following recent scans and discussions with my medical team headed by my surgeon Dr Mike Foy, as well as Dr Jerry Hill, I have to accept that the dream is now over and that due to the injuries sustained in Wolverhampton on January 29, I will not be able to make a return to race-riding. While this news is heartbreaking on one level, I am fully aware how lucky I am.

"Riding has been a fantastic adventure for me, and I am very grateful for the way it allowed my family and me to experience the world and gain many friends over that time."

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2015/20165213264€103,950€15,685€119,635
Winter All Weather 2014/20155571156€44,450€26,075€70,525
Winter All Weather 2013/2014342163€14,000€6,760€20,760
Winter All Weather 2012/2013100211€0€4,360€4,360
Winter All Weather 2011/201222000€10,500€0€10,500
National Hunt 2000/2001274222€52,694€14,335€67,030
Flat 2018110011€0€13,350€13,350
Flat 2017112010€64,800€11,800€76,600
Flat 2016142211€56,500€9,813€66,313
Flat 201548660535152€708,180€462,528€1,170,708
Flat 201441556444847€803,770€272,385€1,076,155
Flat 201342042384239€428,780€222,083€650,863
Flat 201232941283636€373,210€274,283€647,493
Flat 201144250554939€809,855€427,035€1,236,890
Flat 201063188797765€1,142,725€632,335€1,775,060
Flat 200967173607866€1,091,978€694,548€1,786,525
Flat 200866385525762€1,187,920€547,925€1,735,845
Flat 200759180515337€1,432,455€412,010€1,844,465
Flat 200656757555844€1,010,550€597,895€1,608,445
Flat 200534058424924€997,780€427,945€1,425,725
Flat 200447666423437€941,820€326,171€1,267,991
Flat 200350744633650€570,950€442,065€1,013,015
Flat 200251948405148€716,530€389,300€1,105,830
Flat 200142532453648€688,085€311,870€999,955
Flat 200038338313922€376,262€154,019€530,282
Flat 199940437423856€209,831€145,097€354,928
Flat 199832126293230€135,640€73,715€209,355

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