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Geraghty impresses in RSA Chase

March 13, 2014 08:29:51 UK

Barry Geragthy partners More of That in the World Hurdle and Hunt Ball in the Ryanair Chase on Thursday.

Bary Geraghty rode a very much “under sufferance” O’Faolains Boy to an extraordinary success in the RSA Chase on Tuesday.

Geragthy notched up his 30th Cheltenham winner yesterday and showed why he is one of the most highly-rated jockeys around.

The Rebecca Curtis-trained seven year old was chivvied and harried all the way around the Festival track, seemingly extraordinarily reluctant to seriously involve himself in proceedings.

But Geraghty refused to give up on the horse who finally got the message having lost the battle with his outstanding pilot.

He was continually niggled along in the mid division before closing on the leading pair two out when again he had to be ridden.

He then stayed on up the hill to hold off a sustained challenge from the Alan King trained Smad Place to lead narrowly over the last 50 yards.

It was as good a piece of jockeyship as will be seen at the Festival and afterwards Geraghty said: “He certainly didn’t feel as good as he was at Ascot. He really was running under sufferance – there was no sparkle.

“But in the end it doesn’t matter how they win so long as they win but, yes it was hard work.”

Geraghty will partner More of That in the World Hurdle on Thursday and the six-year-old can be backed at 11.00 to come out on top, Big Buck’s is 4.00 to win a fifth World Hurdle title and Annie Power can be backed at 2.75.

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