Monday 21 August 2017

Barry Geraghty and A Great View take opening honours in Punchestown

A Great View, with Barry Geraghty up, on their way to winning the Ladies Free Admission On New Years Eve Rated Novice Hurdle. Horse Racing from Punchestown. Punchestown, Co. Kildare. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
A Great View, with Barry Geraghty up, on their way to winning the Ladies Free Admission On New Years Eve Rated Novice Hurdle. Horse Racing from Punchestown. Punchestown, Co. Kildare. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE

Barry Geraghty conjured a late run out out of A Great View to emerge triumphant in the Ladies Free Admission On New Years Eve Rated Novice Hurdle at Punchestown.

The JP McManus-owned four-year-old was the 9-4 market leader following an impressive victory at Limerick a month ago and tried to close up on the leaders heading down the back straight.

However, favourite backers could be forgiven for tearing up their betting slips rounding the home turn as Denis Cullen's charge looked to be going nowhere fast in a bad fourth.

Attribution looked sure to collect when going clear early in the straight, but the complexion of the race changed dramatically on the run to the final flight, with Attribution hitting the brakes and A Great View rallying for Geraghty.

The pair touched down almost as one, but A Great View had the momentum and kept up the gallop to take the prize by a length.

Cullen said: "He's progressing and has done well since he won at Limerick. He's only four and should do well with time.

"We'll tip away quietly and he's a nice horse to have in the yard.

"He needs to step up again but we'll take small steps at the moment and see where that takes us."

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