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Galway: Geraghty and O'Grady dominate with a treble.

Byline: Michael Clower

Barry Geraghty won on all his three rides for Edward O'Grady to go three clear of Paul Carberry at the top of the table, but there is still no question of the former champion becoming stable jockey - at least not for the time being.

O'Grady said: "Barry was very good today and I would be very happy to use him when I can. I am hopeful that he will be available a little bit more in the future.

"But I don't know that he will be available for Back In Front in the Morgiana Hurdle, because the race is on the last day of the Cheltenham November meeting."

Geraghty, who has commitments to Jessica Harrington with Moscow Flyer and others, could find himself faced with a difficult choice on November 16 because the Morgiana at Punchestown clashes with Cheltenham's Irish Independent Novices' Chase.

The latter is the target of Golden Row, who delighted his rider when getting back on the winning trail to beat Quadco in the Tote Exacta Ballybrit Novice Chase.

Geraghty said: "He jumped brilliantly and, while he could have done with a better gallop, he idled up the run-in and didn't do a tap at the end."

Geraghty was worth every cent of his fee and percentage on Monjoyau, who only scraped home by the minimum margin from fellow jumping newcomer Raikkonen in the three-year-old maiden hurdle and then had to survive a stewards' inquiry. The persistence and strength he showed suggest that very few would have got this horse home.

O'Grady said: "My agent in France found this

horse and Frank Berry bought him at Goffs in

Saint-Cloud. It was a messy race and he got a

fright when three horses jammed on [the brakes] in front of him at the first."

O'Grady is considering a valuable handicap hurdle at next week's two-day Down Royal festival for Windsor Boy, who completed the Geraghty treble in the two-mile handicap hurdle.

The winner is owned by the Malm Syndicate, whose colours were also carried to victory by the Charlie Swan-trained Honeybunch, who collected in the bumper at 3-1. The winner gave Len Flynn, 22, his fifth success but Martin Bowes was given a four-day ban for using his whip with excessive force on

fourth-placed Blink Of An Eye.

Pat Shanahan rides this course particularly well and he landed a 39-1 double for Dermot Weld on Music Celebre and Legend Has It, while Brian Hughes rode his third winner in little more than a week on

25-1 shot Palace Star in the opening two-year-old auction race.

at a glance

Star performance

Barry Geraghty, as determined as he was inspired

Shock of the day

Palace Star, who won at 25-1 in the opener and paid 94-1 on the Tote

Quote of the afternoon

"The man is on fire" - Edward O'Grady's verdict on Geraghty

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 27, 2003
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