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Jockey Fran Berry announces retirement

The 38-year-old suffered spinal injuries in a fall at Wolverhampton in January - and after consultation with his surgeon, he has been advised to quit race-riding. Having ridden for 23 years, Berry will pursue other ventures - including media work. He will continue to write a blog for www.sportinglife.com, to whom he said: "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.



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