Geraghty on the double
Published 09/02/2013 | 04:00
BARRY Geraghty was in double-winning form at Kempton, but the main talking point at the track was the shock defeat of the odds-on Champion Court.
Having produced the best run of his career when fourth in the King George, Champion Court was installed 4/9 favourite to land yesterday's graduation chase.
However, Martin Keighley's charge failed to hit the same heights and jockey Alain Cawley was hard at work all the way up the straight as Alasi loomed large.
Champion Court tried to shrug off the challenger, but Dominic Elsworth got Alasi home by a neck. "He (Cawley) said he didn't feel like he normally does," said Keighley. "I'll have him looked at. We've got five weeks until the Ryanair Chase."
After Darlan's sad demise at the start of the week, Nicky Henderson got a pick-me-up thanks to a 393/1 treble – two of which were partnered by Geraghty.
The Meath rider guided Ericht to an impressive success in the novice hurdle, before McCoy partnered Henderson's second winner when forcing Prince Of Pirates home in the three-mile handicap chase.
McCoy was expected to claim a double aboard 5/6 favourite Master Malt in the bumper, but instead it was Geraghty who prevailed aboard Henderson's Tradewinds.