Monday 26 September 2016

No luck for Geraghty on return

Published 05/07/2015 | 17:26

Barry Geraghty back from injury aboard Waver
Barry Geraghty back from injury aboard Waver

Barry Geraghty's return to the saddle saw him finish sixth and second at Limerick on what were his first mounts as the new retained jockey to JP McManus.

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Geraghty was appointed to the role last month, replacing the now-retired Tony McCoy, and was in action for the first time since suffering a broken shinbone in March.

He had another setback after being admitted to hospital with a kidney stone earlier this week.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Waver made some progress to improve going to two out in the Mike Denver Plays Limerick Racecourse Live On The 23rd July Rated Hurdle, but was never able to land any sort of blow.

Geraghty said: "I had a good blow walking the course earlier as it started to rain going up the back straight; I'm fine riding but would be easily beaten in a race!

"It's brilliant (to be back), great (to get the job) and that was a nice introduction."

Geraghty's other ride came on Hash Brown for McManus and trainer Michael Hourigan in the Book Online At Limerickraces.ie Beginners Chase.

Hash Brown momentarily looked like he might give Geraghty a first-day-back winner, but it was not to be.

He gave chase after Sizing Platinum led at the fourth-last, but the leader had plenty left and jumped the last two well to seal success.

Punch Bag had taken Waver's race, completing a double on the card for Andrew Lynch.

Trainer Brendan Duke said of his 9-2 winner: "It is unlikely he will run many times and will run at Ballinrobe in a four-year-old hurdle in a few weeks' time. He'll then have one more run before being left off until the spring, but I'll have to break that news to his owners first!

"He is progressive and will improve further and if he is lucky in life, he has a bright future."

Sizing Platinum (3-1), meanwhile, looks to have a bright future after what was a winning debut over fences.

Trainer Henry de Bromhead said: "That was good and he jumped deadly and really well. It can be trappy enough here at Limerick but he seems to have improved for a fence.

"He is big and raw and only coming to himself now. Our hands are almost tied as to where he will run next as there are very few novices over two miles during the summer with the Galway Festival and Kilbegnet Chase at Roscommon on that route."

Myles Ahead is bound for Galway after getting off the mark in the Celebrating The 4th July Maiden Hurdle.

Lynch's mount had four and three-quarter lengths in hand of Rocky Court, to reward those who sent him off the 11-10 favourite.

Trainer Tony Mulholland said: "He has has been knocking on the door and putting him back to two miles helped.

"We'll look for a handicap at Galway next."

The feature thetote.com Galway Plate Trial Handicap Chase went the way of Protaras (6-1) for Noel Meade and Ger Fox.

Fox said: "We weren't going to run him at all as we thought the ground might be too dead, but I kept him wide for the better ground and he jumped from fence to fence.

"We put blinkers on him today as sometimes he can be quite lazy."

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