Geraghty hot streak rolls on with Huntingdon brace
BARRY Geraghty maintained his hot streak for Nicky Henderson yesterday when the pair combined for a double at Huntingdon.
Highlight of the Meath man's brace was the performance of Master Of The Hall, which threw his name into the hat for a trip to Cheltenham by claiming the novices' chase.
The former Dromahane point-to-point winner disappointed at Prestbury Park on New Year's Day, but relished this step up to three miles.
Geraghty's mount got the better of Alderluck at the top of the home straight and pulled clear to secure a six-length verdict.
The first winner for the red-hot trainer-jockey combination came courtesy of Buckie Boy, which made an impressive debut over obstacles in division two of the novices' hurdle.
At Limerick, Wexford trainer John Berry saddled his first winner for JP McManus when Parnell Street ran out an eight-length winner of the novice handicap chase under Mark Walsh.
Outsider Smokey Joe Joe sprang a huge shock in the opening INH Stallion Owners EBF Novice Hurdle.
Tom Doyle kicked for home on Kieran Purcell's 25/1 shot a long way out and he battled on bravely to hold the late challenges of Sheer Genius and odds-on favourite Aughaloor.
Aughaloor's trainer Willie Mullins and jockey Paul Townend gained quick compensation when odds-on favourite Dare To Doubt made all in the mares maiden hurdle, and 2/1 favourite Trendelenburg took the Australia Day Handicap Hurdle in game fashion for Gordon Elliott and Paul Carberry.