Geraghty needs to beat pain barrier to begin McManus job
Barry Geraghty could commence his new job as JP McManus' retained rider as soon as this weekend despite yesterday being laid up in hospital with a kidney stone.
The 35-year-old hasn't ridden competitively since fracturing his shin bone in a fall at Downpatrick on March 22. He rode out for Gordon Elliott last week and was due to test the leg again yesterday morning, only to be rushed to University Hospital Limerick when struck down with severe pains.
"I had been at Paul Carberry's wedding in the Dunraven Arms Hotel in Adare but at 6.30 this morning I was buckled over," a groggy Geraghty revealed yesterday evening. "I am in a lot of pain, but I'm on morphine, so it's a case of what happens when that wears off. If the pain is going to kick in then I'm better off staying put, but if it doesn't then I can probably head away.
"I was supposed to ride out for Michael Hourigan this morning with a view to riding at the weekend. If the stone passes, I could still ride at the weekend, because there aren't usually any after effects. I rode out for Gordon last week and the leg was still a bit sore, but it seems to have improved again since."
McManus has entries over jumps at Bellewstown on Saturday and Limerick on Sunday. "I'm looking forward to getting started," Geraghty added of his appointment. "It is a great opportunity to get."
Meanwhile, the Tracey Collins-trained Majestic Queen could make her first appearance since going under the hammer on the eve of Royal Ascot in the EBF Brownstown Stakes at Fairyhouse on Sunday. The five-year-old claimed her second Group-race success in the Chartwell Fillies' Stakes at Lingfield in early May and was last seen finishing third behind Mustajeeb in the Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh.
She was down to run in the Wokingham Stakes at the Royal meeting, but was bought by Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock advisor John Ferguson for £825,000 at Goffs' London Sale at the start of Ascot week and did not take up her engagement. She is among 12 entries for this weekend's Group Three contest and will carry the Royal blue silks of Godolphin for the first time if she does take her chance.
Collins said: "I'm not sure what the plan is yet, but it's a possibility she could run this weekend. She's very well, but I need to speak to all the people involved and then we'll make a plan. Nothing is written in stone at this stage. The Prix Maurice de Gheest is a race we're looking at later on, so we'll see."
Other possible runners in the Brownstown Stakes include the Ger Lyons-trained Ainippe and Ken Condon's Newsletter, first and second respectively in the Ballyogan Stakes at the Curragh last time out. Eddie Lynam has Fort Del Oro and Byzantium in contention, while Beach Belle and the long-absent Akira are other contenders.
At Hamilton yesterday, Move In Time made his class tell when recording a facile victory on his belated comeback in the Soba Conditions Stakes.
Last year's Prix de l'Abbaye winner proved to be in a different league to his three rivals as he made a successful first step back on the road to a return trip to Longchamp in October.