Wednesday 17 January 2018

Geraghty can make most of good fortune while rivals recuperate

Shubaat ridden by Barry Geraghty on his way to victory in the Chad Handicap Hurdle Race (Class 2) during the Family Fun Day at Southwell Racecourse.
Shubaat ridden by Barry Geraghty on his way to victory in the Chad Handicap Hurdle Race (Class 2) during the Family Fun Day at Southwell Racecourse.
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Barry Geraghty was lucky to emerge unscathed after from an attritional evening at Killarney on Tuesday and the in-form pilot is tipped to collect on both of his mounts there this afternoon.

Geraghty was riding Cailin Annamh in the concluding novices' chase when he was brought down in a horrendous incident two-out by Philip Enright's mount Bally Longford.

Enright, who was landed on heavily by both his own mount and Geraghty, broke his wrist and underwent surgery yesterday.

Paul Carberry broke a collarbone when brought down on Armaramak by the Mark Enright-ridden Ross Na Riogh at the previous fence in the previous race, while falls in the same race saw Robbie Power fracture his sternum and Moira McElligott her ankle and fibula.

Mark Enright's agent Alan Donoghue said yesterday that x-rays on his rider's back came back clear. However, he added that Enright remained in some discomfort and, having spent four months sidelined after fracturing three vertebrae in his back at this Friday's Kilbeggan meeting 12 months ago, that he was due to undergo precautionary scans yesterday.

Philip Enright's agent Andrew Kelly expressed a hope that Andrew Lynch, whom Enright was standing in for on Bally Longford, would be back in the saddle soon. "Andrew just aggravated a hand injury that he picked at Downpatrick on Monday when he was riding at Killarney," he explained.

"He is going to have an x-ray, but whatever it is, he thinks it is only minor. He might take a few days or a week off, but he will be fine for Galway."

As for another of his injured jockeys, Kelly revealed that Niall 'Slippers' Madden is to return in the coming days after recovering from fracturing a femur in April.

Geraghty, meanwhile, deputises for Lynch and Enright aboard Henry de Bromhead's Sizing Italy in the Dawn Milk Run Handicap Hurdle at the picturesque Kerry venue.

It is a competitive €15,500 contest headed by Monday's facile Downpatrick scorer Orgilgo Bay, but Sizing Italy could be well treated. A decent novice chaser last term when he earned a rating of 144, he makes his handicap bow off just 114 here, so he rates banker material.

Jessica Harrington's Polished Rock also appeals for Geraghty in the novices' hurdle, though the Mags Mullins-trained Mumbo Bay is respected, while Mick Halford's Ebadani can get its just reward for consistency in the opening maiden.

At Leopardstown tonight Pale Mimosa can finally get off the mark for the season in the closing Listed Challenge Stakes over a mile-and-six-furlongs.

Dermot Weld's classy filly hasn't been seen since finishing third to the Ascot Gold Cup hero Leading Light on her return at Navan in May, but she should have the quality to secure the Curragh genius his sixth win in this since 2008 by accounting for the likes of Eye Of The Storm and Dubai World Cup hero Certerach.

Weld and stable jockey Pat Smullen can also land the opener with Initial.

Irish Independent

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