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Saturday 3 December 2016

Geraghty confirms he will appeal Limerick suspension

Thomas Kelly

Published 05/04/2016 | 02:30

Barry Geraghty will appeal the 30-day ban that is due to begin on April 17th Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Barry Geraghty will appeal the 30-day ban that is due to begin on April 17th Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

As expected, Barry Geraghty will appeal the 30-day ban incurred at Limerick on Sunday following his ride aboard Noble Emperor.

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The Gold Cup-winning jockey was hit with the suspension - which is due to begin on April 17 and would rule him out of riding at the Punchestown Festival - after finishing second aboard the Tony Martin-trained eight-year-old in the two-mile handicap hurdle.

Acting under Rule 212, which governs running and riding, the stewards were of the opinion that Geraghty had failed to take all reasonable and permissible measures to obtain the best possible placing, banning him for 30 days, with the horse prevented from running for 60 days and Martin fined €3,000.

Whopping

Geraghty said: "I will be lodging an appeal and I now just have to wait on a date for it. That's all I have to say."

The Meath native will still be at Aintree on Saturday when last year's winner Many Clouds heads a whopping 87 horses still left in the Grand National at the five-day confirmation stage.

Connections of the Oliver Sherwood-trained charge have geared his campaign around a return trip to Liverpool and he is reported to be in tip-top shape to repeat his 2015 triumph.

A maximum field of 40 is allowed and the last horse currently guaranteed a run is The Romford Pele, trained by Rebecca Curtis. The Tom George-trained Saint Are, runner-up 12 months ago, has moved into those coveted places.

There were a total of nine withdrawals - Carlingford Lough, Third Intention, Roi Du Mee, Turban, Living Next Door, Spring Heeled, Katkeau, Golden Chieftain and Godsmejudge.

Class is of the essence in this year's renewal, with Silviniaco Conti attempting to transfer his excellent form over regulation fences to the unique obstacles of the Grand National.

Paul Nicholls also has Wonderful Charm, Rocky Creek, Unioniste, Just A Par and Black Thunder as he seeks to hold on to the champion trainers' crown.

One of the best-backed horses in recent weeks has been The Last Samuri, trained by Kim Bailey, while Nicky Henderson is chasing a maiden National success with his two possibles, Triolo D'Alene and Hadrian's Approach.

Several old favourites and horses with proven National form are not yet in the top 40. They include the 2014 winner Pineau De Re and Alvarado, which has finished fourth for the last two years.

Kerry Lee has had a fantastic first season as a trainer since taking over from her father Richard. However, her dreams of trying to cap it off by winning the National hangs in the balance as both Bishops Road, her Haydock Grand National Trial scorer, and Welsh National hero Mountainous need horses to come out.

Hopes

Willie Mullins is going all out to wrest the UK trainers' title and the Closutton supremo pins his hopes of winning the National a second time after Hedgehunter in 2005 with On His Own, Sir Des Champs, Boston Bob and Ballycasey,

Several of Mullins' compatriots are also well represented with the likes of Gilgamboa, Morning Assembly, Goonyella, Ucello Conti and Gallant Oscar.

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