Grand National - At The Races

Barry Geraghty's blog

    Barry Geraghty looks back on his recent rides including victory aboard Close Shave at Fairyhouse on Sunday.


CLOSE SHAVE did well to win the novice chase at Fairyhouse on Sunday. I wouldn’t say that it was a great race, there wasn’t much between the first three in the end, but he battled well.

Hopefully he can build on this. He was disappointing on his previous run at Punchestown, and he only just got home in his beginners’ chase at Thurles in October. Maybe that’s as good as he is but it was good to get his head in front again.

FITZHENRY just came out the wrong side of another close finish in the three-mile handicap hurdle. It was a good battle between us and Dromore Lad.

We hit the front on the run-in, but the other horse battled back again and we couldn’t keep him at bay. I’d say we just got out-battled. It was disappointing, it’s always disappointing when you get beaten by a small margin. But the winner is an improving horse, this was his third win in a row, and my horse ran a good race.

DON’T TOUCH IT was well beaten in the Dan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase. I’d say that it wasn’t a great race for the money, Polidam didn’t run and Acapella Bourgeois ran below par.
It was disappointing that Don’t Touch It couldn’t finish closer to them, but he did travel well for a long way, and it was his first run since August, so hopefully he can improve for it.

RIVER FROST was very disappointing in the Lanzarote Hurdle at Kempton on Saturday. He was just never travelling. It wasn’t his true running, so hopefully he can bounce back.