Barry Geraghty targets weekend return

Barry Geraghty remains hopeful of making his debut as retained jockey to leading owner JP McManus this weekend – despite being admitted to hospital with a kidney stone on Tuesday.

Barry Geraghty targets weekend return

The leading jockey has been sidelined with a broken shinbone since March, but had been riding work before his latest setback. After attending the wedding of close friend and colleague Paul Carberry, Geraghty spent Tuesday evening in hospital.

“I came into hospital yesterday morning as I was in a fair bit of pain and I found out I had a kidney stone,” said Geraghty. I had it removed at 10pm last night, but I’m feeling a fair bit better today.

“I’m hoping I’ll be able to ride at the weekend, but I’m going to ride out in the morning and I’ll see how I feel then.”

McManus has entries over jumps at Bellewstown on Saturday and Limerick on Sunday.

Meanwhile Anthem Alexander and Sole Power could attempt to provide trainer Eddie Lynam with back-to-back victories in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket on Saturday week.

Having won the Group One 12 months ago with Slade Power, the County Meath handler is again set to be well represented in the coveted six-furlong sprint.

Three-year-old filly Anthem Alexander was last seen finishing third behind fellow July Cup rival Muhaarar in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.

Lynam said: “I don’t know what to make of her Royal Ascot run.

“She travelled like the best horse in the race, she was the last off the bridle, and I thought she was coming to win the race. But I don’t know what happened after that.

“She’ll have the Australian horse (Brazen Beau) and Charlie Hills’ horse, Muhaarar, and all the top sprinters to beat in the July Cup but we might tweak the tactics a little bit and let her take her chance at Newmarket.”

Five-times Group One scorer Sole Power, fifth in the King’s Stand Stakes at Ascot as the 5-2 favourite, may also be given the go-ahead as long as conditions are suitable. Lynam said: “If the ground comes up lightning quick he would run in the July Cup, too.

“His Derby now is the Nunthorpe (at York) but he needs races to keep him ticking over and he ran well in the race a couple of years ago when he was unlucky.”

Meanwhile high-class filly Agnes Stewart is “unlikely” to see a racecourse this year,according to Lynam.

The three-year-old daughter of Lawman has not run this season and has now suffered another setback.

Lynam told the Irish Times: “Agnes has gone wrong again and I’d say it’s unlikely she’ll be able to run this year.

“It’s devastating, but we will now look at a four-year-old campaign with her.”

Agnes Stewart made her mark at Doncaster last September, when successful in the May Hill Stakes, after which she signed off from her juvenile programme when a close second in the Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket.

Log Out Island is set to have his sights lowered on his next start after failing to run up to expectations in the Railway Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday. The Dark Angel colt looked to have a major chance in the prestigious Group Two contest following a narrow defeat in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot, but after cutting out the early running in Ireland, he weakened quite tamely into third place.

Trainer Richard Hannon felt the run may have come too soon after his Ascot exertions and is confident the Godolphin-owned juvenile will bounce back.

He said: “It was probably a little bit quick for him, and you can tell that because he pulled a bit with his mouth wide-open. He’s better than that and we’ll find a Listed race, go down again and then come up.”

Log Out Island finished just ahead of stable companion King Of Rooks in the Norfolk and he is being saved for a trip to Glorious Goodwood.

“He’ll probably go to the Molecomb. He’s a very fast horse and lost nothing in defeat (at Ascot),” Hannon told At The Races.

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