Geraghty riding Sutton Place, a horse he “likes a lot”.
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By David Jennings 4:31PM 24 AUG 2016
BARRY GERAGHTY has his sights set on an October return to the saddle as he continues to recover from a broken arm.
The 36-year-old took a crashing fall at the final fence in the Betfred Summer Plate at Market Rasen in July and suffered a double fracture to his right humerus.
Geraghty will see Hannan Mullet, an orthopaedic surgeon at Sports Surgery Clinic, early next month and revealed to the Racing Post his recovery has gone smoothly.
He said: “I got screws inserted but it was not as sore as when I broke my leg as at least you do not have to put any weight on it. I reckon it will be about five weeks before I’m back. I’m meeting my specialist in early September and I’ll know more then but I’d imagine it will be early October when I will get back.
“The recovery is going well and I’m responding well to physio so fingers crossed everything goes smoothly in the next few weeks.
“It was frustrating missing Galway. I’ve not missed Galway for 20 years and it’s a meeting I love. I’ll miss Listowel too – that’s another of my favourites.”
‘Plenty to look forward to’
Geraghty has a whole host of top-notch horses to keep him busy through the winter including Minella Rocco, who won the National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival for owner JP McManus.
Geraghty said: “I’m looking forward to getting back on Minella Rocco – he looks a top staying chaser. You didn’t see the real More Of That in the RSA either. He’s much better than that and I think he’ll show it this year.
Minella Rocco: winning the National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival
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“JP has a really good bunch of youngsters in Ireland with the like of Sutton Place – who I like a lot – Jer’s Girl and Coney Island, so there is plenty to look forward to and, if I’m back in early October, the whole winter will be riding lovely horses like those.”
McManus’s exciting youngsters
After winning a bumper on his second start, Sutton Place went on to land two novice hurdles before the season’s end – including a Grade 2 at Fairyhouse in March. In the aftermath trainer Gordon Elliott suggested a chasing campaign beckons for the five-year-old.
She caused a stir on British shores in December when cruising clear to win a Listed contest at Aintree. She finished the season with two Grade 1 prizes to her name after a 13-length hammering of Jessber’s Dream at Fairyhouse, and a ten-length victory over O O Seven at Punchestown. She could step up to three miles this term, according to trainer Gavin Cromwell.
Trained by Eddie Harty, Coney Island stepped up to three miles to win impressively on his handicap hurdle debut at Fairyhouse in March. The five-year-old then caught everyone’s attention when pushing Bellshill close in Grade 1 company at Punchestown.
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