Wednesday 13 December 2017

Geraghty facing three weeks out with shoulder fracture

Geraghty yesterday confirmed that he is likely to be on the easy list for most of the month. Photo credit: Tim Goode/PA Wire.
Geraghty yesterday confirmed that he is likely to be on the easy list for most of the month. Photo credit: Tim Goode/PA Wire.

Johnny Ward

Barry Geraghty is facing three more weeks on the sidelines after sustaining a hairline fracture of his shoulder blade in a fall at Killarney last week.

The retained rider to owner JP McManus took a tumble when Cook Islands was brought down by Wonderoftheworld at the final flight in the novice hurdle.

An X-ray showed no breaks and it was originally hoped the top jump jockey just had soft-tissue injuries that would keep him out of the saddle for about a week.

However, an MRI scan revealed the true damage and Geraghty yesterday confirmed that he is likely to be on the easy list for most of the month.

Meanwhile, Donagh Meyler dominated the final two legs of the Australia versus Ireland jumps series on Irish Day in Adelaide.

Meyler won the chase on 17/2 chance Pentomatic for Melbourne trainer Eric Musgrove and followed up on the David Hayes-trained Dane Hussler, the 11/10 favourite, in the hurdle, to complete a remarkable 100pc strike-rate from his three rides.

Those final-day successes ensured an easy win for Meyler and Rachael Blackmore over their Australian counterparts, with a final scoreline of 55 points to 35.

Back home, Roscommon will hold a track inspection at 8am, with fears that the popular Connacht track will have to abandon for the second time in the space of a few weeks.

Parts of the track were unfit for racing after being soaked by 16mm of rain on Saturday night, though conditions have improved since.

If the meeting gets the go-ahead, the ground will be pretty atrocious for the featured Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap, worth €25,000.

Copes

Motivator horses tend to like nice terrain but Detailed copes well with an ease in the ground and Joseph O'Brien's filly, ridden by brother Donnacha, could be the answer here.

Dubai Is Great makes his debut in the opening maiden. Being by Cape Cross, he may not want it heavy and Dermot Weld's Raynama looks a better option.

Pat Smullen could double up in the subsequent handicap, as Gentil J will relish conditions.

Conor Hoban, a proud Mayo fan, will be looking forward to the battle with the Dubs and can gain some cheer aboard Dot Love's Our Anniversary, even if a rating of 69 renders her a little vulnerable.

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