New injury blow for Geraghty
Jockey Barry Geraghty is facing yet another long layoff after breaking his arm in Monday's Irish Grand National, it has been confirmed. His mount Minella Foru fell at the eighth fence as he was riding for his boss JP McManus.
The latest setback will come as a devastating blow for Geraghty after he missed last month's Cheltenham Festival having sustained rib and lung damage in a fall at Kempton in February. He got back in the saddle in time for Aintree's Grand National meeting where he rode the likes of Buveur D'air and Defi Du Seuil to success.
The 37-year-old will have an operation on his arm on Tuesday and is looking at a three-month absence. Irish Turf Club medical officer Dr Adrian McGoldrick said: "It is the same injury he suffered last year, but on the other side. He is looking at three months out."
Geraghty missed two months after falling from Cernunnos at Market Rasen last July, while in February he came down off Charli Parcs in the Adonis Hurdle at Kempton and was forced to miss five weeks, including Cheltenham. His latest woe means he'll be missing for the Punchestown Festival in Ireland next week.
Among the potential Punchestown rides ruled out for Geraghty are Carlingford Lough, a 14/1 chance in the Gold Cup, and Unowhatimeanharry, who is 7/2 to avenge his Stayers' Hurdle defeat at Cheltenham last month by turning over Nichols Canyon, currently trading at 6/4.