Geraghty faces wait to hear Aintree fate
Barry Geraghty will have to wait a few more days before finding out whether he will be given the all-clear to return to action in time for Aintree's Grand National meeting next week.
JP McManus' retained rider had a scan yesterday morning as he looks to make his comeback after missing the Cheltenham Festival for the first time in his career.
He suffered a collapsed lung and six broken ribs in a fall from Charli Parcs in the Adonis Hurdle at Kempton on February 25. He is keen to get back in the saddle to ride the likes of Festival winners Defi Du Seuil and Buveur D'Air and Stayers' Hurdle third Unowhatimeanharry at Aintree.
"We'll have to get the scan report to see if he is fit enough to go," said Dr Adrian McGoldrick, Irish Turf Club senior medical officer. "That will be the end of this week or early next week."
Fellow McManus rider Mark Walsh was due to see consultant orthopaedic surgeon Paddy Kenny to assess the progress on the left leg he fractured in a fall at Cheltenham where he was standing in for Geraghty.
Walsh was partnering the Nicky Henderson-trained Consul De Thaix in the Neptune Investment Novices' Hurdle when the horse sustained a fatal fall at the sixth-last flight. "We won't get a report on Mark Walsh's scan until Wednesday or Thursday," said Dr McGoldrick.
The Paul Nicholls-trained Le Mercurey will sport the same colours as 1992 Grand National hero Party Politics when he lines up at Aintree on Saturday week after being snapped up by owner Patricia Thompson.
Thompson, who owns Cheveley Park Stud along with husband David, famously bought the Nick Gaselee-trained Party Politics just days before the Aintree spectacular and she will be targeting similar success with her recruit.
Le Mercurey finished second to the ill-fated Many Clouds over regulation fences at Aintree back in December and also chased home Native River in the Denman Chase, before most recently finishing third in his prep outing at Kelso.
Nicholls is now hoping the famous pink and purple silks of Thompson will bring similar luck to Party Politics.
"She was looking for a National contender with solid form and Le Mercurey fits the bill," he said..