Friday 22 September 2017

Barry's back with a bang ...

 

Le Richebourg, with Barry Geraghty up, jump the first on their way to winning the Galwaybayhotel.com & Radissonhotelgalway.com Novice Hurdle. Photo: Sportsfile
Le Richebourg, with Barry Geraghty up, jump the first on their way to winning the Galwaybayhotel.com & Radissonhotelgalway.com Novice Hurdle. Photo: Sportsfile

Johnny Ward

Barry Geraghy was quick to hail the patience of his boss JP McManus as he marked his first day back riding since Easter with a winner on the first evening of the Galway races before a crowd of just under 20,000.

On a night when Willie Mullins took the big race, as part of a double, some of the loudest cheers was for Geraghty, 37, who has endured a frustrating run with injuries.

He steered 4/9 Le Richebourg to victory in the opening race for Joseph O'Brien, having not ridden since a fall in the Irish National.

"I felt well going into it, have had a lot of physio and schooled loads of horses at Gordon Elliott's. Coming back on a good ride was a help," said the rider.

"Was the boss patient? Completely. If I weren't going to make Galway there was no pressure coming from him. I got a nice reception coming in and there's always a good crowd in Galway."

Geraghty was last night trying to figure out what he might steer in both the Galway Hurdle and Plate for McManus, but he has effectively ruled out making the weight on the Elliott-trained Timiyan in the Hurdle on Thursday.

Irish Independent

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