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

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 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 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

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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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