Injured Berry could be out for two months

Kinema (Fran Berry)

Kinema (second left): provided Fran Berry with a Royal Ascot winner

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FRAN BERRY is facing up to eight weeks on the sidelines after fracturing a bone in his back in a fall at Doncaster on Friday.

Berry was hurt when unseated from the Alan Bailey-trained Mrs Eve as he pulled up the filly, who suffered a fatal injury turning into the straight in a mile handicap. The rider was examined at the track before being transferred to hospital for further assessment.

Berry has ridden 26 winners since he became trainer Ralph Beckett’s stable jockey at the start of the Flat turf season and last week helped his boss secure a first Royal Ascot victory when Kinema landed the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes.

Beckett said: “Fran has fractured a vertebra and is going to be out for six to eight weeks, which is a shame just as he was getting going.”


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