Barry Geraghty's blog

Barry previews his mount at Limerick on Sunday and picks out some of his plum rides at Aintree next week.

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I’m heading to Limerick on Sunday where I ride the Jessica Harrington-trained THE HOLY ONE in the Follow Limerick Racecourse on Twitter Rated Novice Hurdle (2.20).

He looked a promising horse when winning a point-to-point and running well in a couple of good bumpers, but he has probably taken longer than expected to come good over hurdles.

He got off the mark in an auction maiden hurdle at Thurles in January and while it might not have been the strongest race, getting his head in front will hopefully have boosted his confidence.

Jessie has found a nice spot for him here and I’d be hopeful he can compete.

After this weekend, the focus will obviously switch to Aintree. It looks like the weather is drying up again, but Aintree always do a wonderful job with their ground and I wouldn’t have any doubts on that front.

They don’t have as much racing up there as they do at many of the better tracks and they always produce an excellent racing surface up there.

The first of the entries have only been published today, but the obvious horses I’m looking forward to are DEFI DU SEUIL in the Manifesto Novices’ Chase and BUVEUR D’AIR in the Aintree Hurdle, both of which are on Thursday.

 I’m actually heading over to Nicky’s tomorrow to school and work Buveur D’Air, so I’m looking forward to that. All the reports about him since Cheltenham have been very positive.

I’ll be blogging here every day of the Aintree Grand National meeting, so be sure to look out for those.

Barry Geraghty's blog

Limerick 14:20, 31 March 2019

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