Barry Geraghty fights to return to saddle after ‘worst fracture I’ve had’

Veteran jump jockey whose lower right leg was shattered by an Aintree fall in April rejects idea of quitting: ‘I’d miss it too much’

This time last year, Barry Geraghty was fit, but, according to the rumour mill, ripe for retirement and poised to make that announcement the next time he rode a big winner. It is a testament to how wrong such rumours can be that the veteran jump jockey is now battling to get back from what he describes as the worst bone break he has ever suffered and yet he still cannot contemplate the idea of quitting the saddle.

“I enjoy it so much, I really do,” he says, an external frame still holding together the bits of his lower right leg, shattered by an Aintree fall in April. “For me, there’s nothing better than turning in with two to jump and ‘race on’. I’d miss that too much.”

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