Sunday 19 November 2017

Geraghty can add to track record on 'Dry'

Barry Geraghty (Photo: Sportsfile)
Barry Geraghty (Photo: Sportsfile)
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

When Barry Geraghty heads for Downpatrick today, the former two-time champion jockey will strive to enhance the northern venue's standing as his most rewarding domestic outlet.

Over the past five years, Geraghty has ridden six winners from 18 rides for an impressive 33pc strike-rate at the course, which must survive a morning inspection due to an adverse weather forecaset.

On The Dry appeals as JP McManus' retained rider's best mount this afternoon. Twice third in its first four outings over flights, Arthur Moore's five-year-old made its handicap debut at Navan last month.

In a better race than this two-and-a-quarter-mile handicap, On The Dry was fourth over two miles behind Admiral Brian. That was a fine effort, and he gets in here off the same mark of 102.

If On The Dry progresses, he could prove very hard to beat for Geraghty. The nap selection's chief danger might be Edvardo.

In the two-and-a-quarter-mile handicap chase, Jim Dreaper and Jonathan Moore combine for the in-form mare, Cerca Trova. Dreaper and Moore also boast a 33pc return together, recording two wins from six endeavours this term, both victories supplied by Cerca Trova.

The 10-year-old daughter of Brian Boru has won over flights at Fairyhouse and Clonmel off ratings of 84 and 89. She reverts to fences now, having been second here over three miles off a mark of 81 in September. Off 84 this time, she can add to her connections' fine strike-rate.

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