Geraghty set for Somoza as Scudamore suffers injury
Published 09/04/2011 | 05:00
Barry Geraghty has come in for the ride on Or Noir De Somoza in today's Grand National at Aintree after original jockey Tom Scudamore suffered a dislocated shoulder in a fall yesterday.
The luckless Scudamore was partnering The Giant Bolster in the Mildmay Novices' Chase and took a heavy tumble when the gelding came down at the fifth fence.
The jockey was taken to Fazakerley Hospital and, to add insult to injury, he missed a winning ride on Battle Group in the three-mile handicap hurdle.
After seeing that horse win under Geraghty, trainer David Pipe said: "I've spoken to Tom's wife and he has dislocated his shoulder and they are putting him back together.
"Obviously he's going to be off, which is very disappointing for him and he's going to miss out on the Grand National tomorrow on Or Noir De Somoza.
"Barry is going to ride him as well and the first thing he said after getting off Battle Group was that he hoped the second spare ride is as good as the first."
Geraghty said: "It's unfortunate for Tom Scu -- and also for having missed out on the last winner -- but Aintree's like that.
"I was going to ride Northern Alliance and was bitterly disappointed when he became a non-runner. I've never seen Or Noir De Somoza, but that doesn't matter, I was just dreading missing out."
Meanwhile, UCD will hold a special event on Tuesday April 19 at their Belfield campus to honour the achievements of Dermot Weld.
Weld will return to his alma mater, where he became the youngest qualified vet in Ireland in 1970, to take part in 'Characters in Conversation' with guest interviewer Tracy Piggott.
The master of Roswell House is one of the world's top trainers and became the first European trainer to win the Melbourne Cup in 1993 with Vintage Crop.