Geraghty back for McManus debut
Barry Geraghty will make his debut as retained jockey to leading owner JP McManus at Limerick today. Geraghty has been sidelined with a broken shinbone since March and suffered another setback after being admitted to hospital with a kidney stone last week.
However, he is now ready to make his comeback and is scheduled for three rides in McManus's famous green and gold silks. He makes his return aboard the Aidan O'Brien-trained Waver, which faces eight rivals in the Mike Denver Plays Limerick Racecourse Live On The 23rd July Rated Hurdle.
The five-year-old, which has won three times on the level and once over hurdles, faces a strong field, including the veteran Pires and Peter Fahey's smart mare Queen Alphabet.
Geraghty then rides Getting Late for Edward O'Grady in the Irishinjuredjockeys.com Handicap Hurdle, before getting the leg-up on Hash Brown in the Book Online At Limerickraces.ie Beginners Chase. The latter is a Grade Three winner over hurdles and makes his debut over fences for Michael Hourigan. "It's his first run over fences, and two miles and one (furlong) might be on the sharp side for him, but we have to start somewhere," said Hourigan. "He will probably be a bit fresh, so we'll see what happens."
Meanwhile, Obsidian should appreciate a slight drop in class as he lines up in the Bet totetrifecta Handicap at Ayr. Richard Fahey's charge was last in action on Oaks day, when he lined up in the ultra-competitive Investec Mile at Epsom, posting a career-best effort in finishing fourth. The four-year-old just ran out of gas in the dying strides, being beaten by just under two lengths by Gratzie. He is clearly a horse with ability, and off a mark of 81, he has every chance.
Fahey should also be on the mark with Liberty Sky in the totepool Betting On All UK Racing Handicap after she posted a couple of more encouraging efforts of late.
Sunday Indo Sport