Tuesday 20 August 2019

Geraghty will pick Yanworth - Berry

Yanworth, seen here with Barry Geraghty, at Kempton in December. Photo: PA
Yanworth, seen here with Barry Geraghty, at Kempton in December. Photo: PA

Johnny Ward

Barry Geraghty is to ride Yanworth in Saturday's Grade One Ryanair Stayers Liverpool Hurdle, with connections concerned about conditions for his alternative mount, Unowhatimeanharry.

Yanworth struggled in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham when hot favourite but Unowhatimeanharry was also well-held in the Stayers' Hurdle.

JP McManus' racing manager Frank Berry told the Irish Independent: "With the ground as it is now, it is a concern for 'Harry', and Barry is to ride Yanworth. I think he'll get the trip."

Gigginstown has firmed up plans for its quintet of runners in the National, Jack Kennedy to realise a rare achievement in participating in the race aged 17.

Kennedy will steer the Gordon Elliott-trained Roi Des Francs, with Gigginstown's retained rider Bryan Cooper choosing Mouse Morris' Rogue Angel. Mark Enright will steer Thunder And Roses, Sean Flanagan Wounded Warrior and David Mullins - who won last year's race on Rule The World - will be aboard Measureofmydreams.

Gigginstown's racing manager Eddie O'Leary said: "We can't win it two years in a row surely. But when it comes to a National, our horses on Saturday have as good a chance as the 10/1 chance."

Asked was he regretful that his brother Michael had pulled out their higher-classes horses from the race due to disagreement with British Horseracing Authority senior handicapper Phil Smith, he added: "Not at all.

"We will have the same way of looking at things until the BHA relents and publishes ratings of Irish horses, for argument's sake rated 130 and above, once a week - for the purposes of honesty and openness.

"It's hardly too much to ask if, as Phil Smith says, his team spends 18 hours a week on the Irish horses alone."

Gigginstown's Sub Lieutenant features in a field of nine for the JLT Melling Chase at Aintree tomorrow. Henry de Bromhead's charge got to within a length and a half of Un De Sceaux in the Ryanair Chase last month.

Fox Norton, Queen Mother second at the Festival, steps up in trip. Last year's winner God's Own will aim for back-to-back wins, while Alan King's Uxizandre will be reunited with Geraghty after a moderate effort in the Ryanair.


Dermot Weld took the Listed Heritage Stakes at Leopardstown last evening with 11/4 chance Rose De Pierre under Pat Smullen. Jessica Harrington, trainer of runner-up Marshall Jennings, realised revenge when 8/1 chance Torcedor won the finale under Colm O'Donoghue.

Recruited from the retired David Wachman, Torcedor slammed Twilight Payment by five-and-a-half lengths, Weld's disappointing 4/5 favourite Forgotten Rules only third.

Horse Racing Ireland has appointed Jonathan Mullin as Director of Communications and Public Affairs. He joins from the position as Head of Digital Sport with RTÉ, having also served for six years as the founding editor of the Irish Racing Post.

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