Fran Berry double helps secure Shergar Cup for Britain and Ireland

• Berry won a second Silver Saddle, awarded to rider with most points
• Australian jockey Michelle Payne had to miss the Ascot event due to illness

Fran Berry scored a timely double at the Shergar Cup, helping his Britain and Ireland team to victory and reminding everyone of his skills only a couple of months after his split from the trainer Ralph Beckett. It is the 36-year-old’s second success in the Silver Saddle for top jockey at this international competition, putting him alongside Richard Hughes and Gérald Mossé as the only riders to have done it more than once.

In his quiet way, Berry pointed out his was only the third time he had taken part in a Shergar Cup. It is a novelty event rather than a precise measure of riding ability but Berry’s achievement is noteworthy just the same and he is surely right to hope, now that he has decided to remain in Britain as a freelancer, that this will have attracted the notice of potential employers.

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August 12th, 2017 by