Geraghty aiming for Rainbow gold
Published 01/02/2011 | 13:01
Barry Geraghty is excited about the future for Arkle Trophy ante-post favourite Finian's Rainbow.
The eight-year-old has barely come off the bridle in two starts over fences and Geraghty is hoping he gets the chance to make one more appearance before heading to Cheltenham in March.
"We thought he was very good over hurdles and we were hoping that he'd make the transition to fences the way he has," said the jockey.
"He's done everything really well so far. I think the first race he won in Newbury was probably a better race than the second day.
"The second horse (Hell's Bay) came out and franked the form by beating Medermit in Cheltenham, so that reads well.
"All he could do the last day was win and he did win. In an ideal world you'd like to see him have another run to give him a bit more experience.
"He has the option of going to Warwick for the Kingmaker or to Kempton for the Pendil Novices' Chase.
"He's a lovely sort and I'm looking forward to him."
Another of Geraghty's likely Festival mounts is weekend winner Bobs Worth.
He made it three from three over hurdles at Cheltenham on Saturday and his jockey hopes there is further improvement to come.
"He was very good. He was a little novicey at one or two down the back but he seemed to pick up well after the last and won well," Geraghty told At The Races.
"He's improving and is going the right way."