Berry bounces back with a winner

Fran Berry returned to the saddle with a winner on Wednesday on his first ride back since fracturing a bone in his back at Doncaster in June.

Fran Berry: Straight back into winning mode

Sidelined for over two months with the injury, Berry made his comeback on Ralph Beckett's Mount Moriah in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes at Kempton and the pair pulled three lengths clear of the field in good style.

It was the perfect return for Berry, whose comeback gathers pace with more rides at Wolverhampton and Goodwood this week, before a busy weekend around the country and possibly in Ireland.

He told sportinglife.com: "It's unbelievable. I'm delighted to get back going and to win as well was great, I got a real kick out of it.

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"It was more by accident than by design [having a winner on his first ride back] as he was entered up at Goodwood earlier in the week but we came to Kempton because of the weather and what not."

As for his injury, Berry felt no ill-effects on the way home following his successful return at Kempton.

"The back feels good, it's the first one but it was good to have a blow and I'm at Wolverhampton for one on Thursday and then Goodwood Friday.

"It's looking like I'll be at Newmarket Saturday and then maybe Yarmouth or the Curragh on Sunday, so it's shaping up to be a busy weekend.

"It's great to be back."

Fran will be back with his exclusive sportinglife.com column next Tuesday (August 30), reflecting on his comeback weekend and looking ahead to the big Saturday races including the Haydock Sprint Cup.

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