Sport Horse Racing

Tuesday 26 September 2017

Barry Geraghty to face lengthy spell on the sidelines after breaking arm at the Irish Grand National

Slowmotion, with Barry Geraghty up, on their way to winning the Farmhouse Foods John & Chich Fowler Memorial EBF Mares Steeplechase during the Fairyhouse Easter Festival at Fairyhouse Racecourse in Ratoath, Co Meath. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Slowmotion, with Barry Geraghty up, on their way to winning the Farmhouse Foods John & Chich Fowler Memorial EBF Mares Steeplechase during the Fairyhouse Easter Festival at Fairyhouse Racecourse in Ratoath, Co Meath. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Barry Geraghty expects to be out of action for "10 to 12 weeks" after breaking his arm in the Irish Grand National on Monday.

JP McManus' retained rider only recently returned to action after recovering from a punctured lung and broken ribs sustained in a fall at Kempton in February which ruled him out of the Cheltenham Festival.

His fortunes appeared to have taken a turn for the better when he rode a Grade One treble at Aintree on Defi Du Seuil, Buveur D'Air and Yanworth, but misfortune has struck again.

Riding Minella Foru for Eddie Harty in the Easter Monday feature, he fell at the eighth fence, bringing down Arbre De Vie in the process.

It was soon confirmed Geraghty had broken his left arm, having broken his right arm in a fall at Market Rasen last July.

The rider told www.attheraces.com: "I've broken my left humerus and will have it plated today. I'd expect to be off for 10 to 12 weeks."

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