Tuesday 24 April 2018

Carberry confident he'll be back in time for Cheltenham

Jockey Paul Carberry hopes he'll be back in time for Cheltenham
Jockey Paul Carberry hopes he'll be back in time for Cheltenham
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Paul Carberry hopes that the broken leg that he suffered at Listowel last month will be healed in time for him to return to action ahead of the Cheltenham Festival in March.

The 41-year-old former dual champion has become increasingly fragile in recent years. Mindful of his brittle bones, his philosophy has been to simply try and reduce the amount of falls he takes - pointing out that his advancing years would not be an issue if he could eliminate the crashing spills.

However, even for a rider of his calibre, it is impossible to eradicate falls completely. A casualty count of 13 from in excess of 200 domestic mounts in 2015 is impressive, but his injury curse caught up with him again when Rich Coast fell at the first fence last month, leaving him with a broken femur.

"It could be Cheltenham or just before," Carberry said on AtTheRaces of his potential return. "They're saying six months, so that's about March time.

"It seems to be getting better. It's just about having the patience and letting it heal and trying not to do too much."

Carberry's fellow former two-time title-holder Davy Russell, who struggled with niggling injuries throughout the summer, is also on the sidelines.

He fractured bones in his right foot and left arm when thrown in the parade ring at Cork in August, and has stated that he expects to get an idea of how long more he will be out for after seeing his surgeon next week.

One man who now knows the exact duration of his time off is Paul Townend, who yesterday failed in his appeal against the 10-day dangerous riding ban that he received at Tramore two weeks ago. The 2011 champion can return to the fray from November 4.


Paul Nolan expects to see his exciting young chaser Defy Logic back on the track later in the month. A Grade One winner at Leopardstown in December 2013, the JP McManus-owned eight-year-old hasn't been seen since bursting a blood vessel on his subsequent outing in the Irish Arkle.

"We're very pleased with him and hopefully when we get a substantial amount of rain he's not too far away from running," the Wexford handler said of the free-running Defy Logic.

"We have no real plans - depending on the weather we're looking to start him off possibly in late November."

Most National Hunt trainers are singing from the same hymn-sheet.

Ken Condon is maybe one of the few Flat specialists doing likewise, with his mud-loving Success Days pencilled in for the Grosser Preis von Bayern in Munich on Sunday week.

Unbeaten in his first three outings this year, including in the two recognised Derby trials at Leopardstown, the Jeremy colt picked up a knock on faster conditions in the Epsom Classic.

"He will need 'soft' in the going description to run," Condon said of his entry in the one-and-a-quarter-mile German Group One. "The ground is soft there at the moment, but they are forecast to have only one millimetre of rain in the next week or so.

"He did a racecourse gallop at Limerick and went very well. He's on great terms with himself. He stays in training next season, and we will have to do the right thing by the horse."

Meanwhile, Aidan O'Brien will be triply represented in the final English Group One of the year.

Deauville (Joseph O'Brien), Johannes Vermeer (Seamie Heffernan) and Port Douglas (Emmet McNamara) have been declared to take on the hot favourite Foundation in tomorrow's Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster.

Irish Independent

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