Geraghty takes HRI role
Published 09/11/2010 | 12:05
Barry Geraghty has been appointed Horse Racing Ireland's National Hunt Ambassador for this season.
The 31-year-old former Irish champion has won most of the major races, including the Grand National, Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle and Queen Mother Champion Chase.
He splits his time riding in Ireland where he is freelance and in England as stable jockey to Nicky Henderson.
"I was thrilled to be asked to be HRI's National Hunt Ambassador for this season," said Geraghty.
"It looks like its going to be a busy year for me, but I'm delighted to be doing my bit to help Irish racing.
"This year, as well as riding for Nicky Henderson in Britain, I will be riding plenty for Jessica Harrington and I'll ride a good few for Eoin Griffin, Colm Murphy and plenty of other trainers. Being freelance here, I'll just be picking up what I can."
Fresh from success on Big Zeb at Navan on Sunday, Geraghty has other star names to look forward to this winter, including Forpadydeplasterer, Punchestowns, Mad Max, Zaynar and Finian's Rainbow.
"I have ridden Forpadydeplasterer work and schooled him and there is no reason why he shouldn't stay three miles of the King George," he said.
"Punchestowns could, with a little more practice and a clear run, be a high-class staying chaser.
"Mad Max is exciting to ride and is probably better over two and a half miles than he is over two.
"Of the novices, Finian's Rainbow is a horse I'd be mad about. He's a big frame of a horse and he's schooling well over fences, he has settled a little as well.
"Zaynar is a potential stayer and could be the one to put it up to Big Buck's this year."