Mark Walsh out to seize Galway chances for McManus

Carlingford Lough and Mark Walsh celebrate

Mark Walsh winning the Irish Gold Cup for JP McManus

  PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)  

 By Bruce Jackson and David Jennings 7:32AM 18 JUL 2016 

BARRY GERAGHTY’S loss is already Mark Walsh’s gain after a bonus winner at Tipperary on Sunday – and JP McManus’s number-two rider cannot wait to seize further opportunities at the Galway festival, which starts a week on Monday.

Geraghty suffered a broken right arm at Market Rasen on Saturday and is likely to be sidelined for two to three months, meaning plum McManus mounts in races such as the €300,000 Guinness Galway Hurdle – Europe’s most valuable handicap – and €220,000 thetote.com Galway Plate are now set to come Walsh’s way.

McManus has Shanpallas among the market leaders for the Plate and Squouateur prominent in the betting for the Hurdle at a seven-day festival that boasts total prize-money of €1,884,000.

Walsh was an immediate beneficiary on Sunday when switching to King Leon at Tipperary, a jumper Geraghty would have ridden and who ran out the winner of the feature handicap chase.

Walsh said: “I suppose you could say that one man’s misfortune is another man’s gain. Hopefully Barry will be back soon but I hope to get plenty of opportunities when he’s out – and I need to make the most of them.

“When you get a chance like King Leon today, you have to take it. I can’t wait for Galway now. It’s always a good festival and hopefully I’ll get plenty of rides.

“I wish Barry a speedy recovery. It’s never easy being out of action and hopefully he’ll get back soon.”

Geraghty update

Geraghty broke his upper right arm when the McManus-owned Cernunnos fell heavily at the last in the Summer Plate Handicap Chase.

“I go into hospital tomorrow,” Geraghty reported on Sunday. “It’s a clean break and I expect they’ll have to plate it.

“I imagine I’ll be out for two to three months, but I’ll wait to see how the operation goes, and in a month’s time I will know how it’s going.

“It’s never a good time to get injured but it’s a quieter time of year.”
Cernunnos had just been headed by the winner Long House Hall and Geraghty said: “He was running well but the winner was putting him to the sword.”

Jer's Girl and Barry Geraghty

Barry Geraghty: expects to be out for two or three months

  PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)  

On missing Galway, Geraghty said: “It’s a pity. I’ve had plenty of winners at the festival but none in the big races.

“I’ll have to wait another year for that but I’ve also been injured at the festival a few times.”

Geraghty also missed the 2015 Aintree and Irish Grand National meetings, plus the Punchestown festival, with a broken leg.

McManus’s racing manager Frank Berry said: “It’s very bad luck on Barry. Let’s hope he’ll make a speedy recovery.

“Mark will be filling in while he’s out. He’s been lucky for us and he’s a very good rider so fingers crossed he’ll stay in the one piece.”

 
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