Friday 15 December 2017

Geraghty back with a bang as Le Richebourg takes Galway glory

Le Richebourg is in front at the last
Le Richebourg is in front at the last

Barry Geraghty made a successful return from injury when driving Le Richebourg home in the & Novice Hurdle at Galway.

Geraghty had been out of action since suffering a broken arm in a fall from Minella Foru in the Irish National on Easter Monday, but made his comeback on the Joseph O'Brien-trained 4-9 favourite in the Festival curtain-raiser.

His main market rival Twobeelucky put the pace to the race but Geraghty always had him in his sights and after looming up two out, where he was slightly awkward, Le Richebourg proved stronger than Twobeelucky and stretched five lengths clear.

Geraghty said: "Andrew (Lynch) rode a clever race in front and I was conscious to be on his heels coming down the hill. I fluffed the second-last and we quickened well from there.

"He has plenty to learn but he feels like a nice type and if he keeps improving, he could be very nice."

O'Brien said: "He's a grand horse and Barry gave him a lovely ride.

"They went very slow and then winged down over the last two. It was very tactical but he's a nice horse.

"He's a National Hunt-bred horse and he's running against horses off the Flat so that would be playing into their hands. He's exciting.

"He missed the second-last and it's hard to gain momentum up the hill here and he seemed to do it fairly sharpish.

"We might look at the race at Tipperary in October. He's had three runs over hurdles now. We'll speak with Frank (Berry, racing manager) and JP (McManus, owner) and see what the plan is."

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