Cheltenham - At The Races

Barry Geraghty's blog

    Barry looks forward to his mounts at Kempton and Naas this weekend, including the plum ride he's picked up on Master Dee in the feature handicap at the Sunbury-on-Thames track.
  • Friday 23 February 2018
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I have picked up a nice ride in the Betdaq Handicap Chase at Kempton on Saturday (3.35) in the shape of MASTER DEE.

He finished second behind On Tour in a handicap chase at Aintree in November over two and a half miles on his last run. That was a good run. He had run well before that when he had finished third behind Ballyboley at Market Rasen, and he had Ballyboley behind him at Aintree.

He is stepping back up to three miles, but he has won a point to point and he ran well at Warwick on his only run over three miles under rules. He should appreciate the ground too. It is a competitive race, but I hope that he can run well

I ride I’DLIKETHEOPTION in the two and a half mile handicap chase (4.10). He hasn’t run since last July, but he would have a chance on his best form.

He disappointed on that last run, he was well beaten in the Summer Plate at Market Rasen, but he had run well at Market Rasen on his previous run when he beat Voix D’Eau fairly well. If he could get back to that type of form, that would give him a chance.

I ride SATURDAYNIGHTFEVER in the bumper (4.45). I don’t know that much about him, he was only fifth in a bumper at Ascot in November, but he wasn’t beaten by far. He hasn’t run since then, but hopefully he will come on for that experience. He had shaped promisingly on his racecourse debut at Chepstow in October.

I am riding Buveur D’Air in a piece of work after racing at Kempton, and I am looking forward to that. It’s part of the reason why I am there!

I rode him work last week, and he seemed to be in good shape. Everybody was happy with him. This will be the next step on the road to take him back to the Champion Hurdle next month, so hopefully everything goes well with him between now and then.

I am at Naas on Sunday, where I ride AT YOUR EASE in the opening maiden hurdle (1.40).

He shaped well on his racecourse debut in a decent maiden hurdle at Leopardstown over Christmas. Hopefully he will progress from that. He is from the family of Bannow Bay and Mighty Moss, and he is a nice prospect.

I am on WIGS ON THE GREEN in the novice hurdle (2.10). He has been a bit disappointing lately, but he had shown a reasonable level of form before.

He was well beaten by Samcro in a maiden hurdle at Punchestown in October, but he wasn’t far behind Mind’s Eye in second, and he got even closer to that horse next time at Fairyhouse. He needs to improve on what he has done lately, but on his day he’s not a bad type.

I ride FITZHENRY in the two-and-a-half-mile handicap chase (2.40). He was just worn down by Dromore Lad over three miles in a handicap hurdle last time at Fairyhouse, and that horse was well beaten at Punchestown on Wednesday, off a higher mark in a better race.

Fitzhenry has a good level of form though, and he seems to be as good over fences as he is over hurdles. This is a better class of race than the races he has been running in, but it is a good prize, he is worth his chance in it, and it will be interesting to see how he goes in first-time cheekpieces.
I ride SPEAK EASY in the Grade 2 novice hurdle (3.10). He struggled in Grade 1 company the last day at Naas against Next Destination, Cracking Smart and Duc Des Genievres.

But he did win his maiden hurdle well at Navan in December from Dis Donc on his hurdling debut, and Dis Donc battled on well to win at Navan on Sunday. He is a nice type, he should progress with experience, and this should be a good level for him for now.