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Sunday 20 August 2017

McManus team hit by injury to Walsh

Worrying time: McManus. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / Sportsfile
Worrying time: McManus. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / Sportsfile

Johnny Ward

It is a worrying time for JP McManus with his main two riders injured and the hope is that at least one will be ready for Galway.

Barry Geraghty recovers from a broken arm sustained in the Irish National - he is due to meet his surgeon next week - so McManus hardly needed the woe that befell Mark Walsh at Tipperary on Thursday, when Walsh's mount Itsallhappening fell in a hurdle race. Turf Club senior medical officer Adrian McGoldrick said: "He has fractured facial bones and is seeing a maxillofacial specialist on Tuesday."

Shane Foley has appealed the seven-day suspension imposed on him at Fairyhouse on Wednesday. The stewards interviewed Foley in relation to his conduct at the start where he appeared to strike his mount Weightfordave prior to being loaded into stalls.

Jody McGarvey takes the McManus mounts at Limerick tomorrow, including Joseph O'Brien's Hallmark, which is fancied in the rated hurdle. In the winners' chase, local trainer Charles Byrnes can team up with Davy Russell in victory, with Top Of The Town fancied to supplement his Tipperary win.

He is napped, while Russell's mount An Caisteal Nuadh can get him off the mark in the opener for Gordon Elliott, whose Osco Mosco may have to give way to newcomer Ainsi Va La Vie in the bumper.

The big one, the Galway Plate trial, will likely have little relevance come the Ballybrit Festival, but Rock On Fruity may be able to double up for Byrnes under Mark Enright and provide JP McManus with some solace.

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