Geraghty to make British bow for McManus in Plate.
Byline: Richard Birch
BARRY GERAGHTY is expected to have his first ride in Britain as JP McManus's official number one jockey aboard It's A Gimme or Vulcanite in Market Rasen's Betfred Summer Plate tomorrow.
It's A Gimme, one of four 8-1 co-favourites for the PS50,000 prize with the sponsor, the others being Pumped Up Kicks, Valco De Touzaine and Ulis De Vassy, is already a course-and-distance winner, while Vulcanite, a 16-1 shot, has also scored at the track.
Frank Berry, racing manager to McManus, said yesterday: "Barry will ride either It's A Gimme or Vulcanite. We'll make a final decision in the morning."
Bet365 and Paddy Power reported Summer Plate support yesterday for Martin Keighley's topweight Champion Court, a winner over hurdles at Worcester last month, and cut his odds to 8-1 (from 10) and 10-1 (from 12).
Neil King is upbeat about the chances of his well-handicapped gelding Regulation, highly impressive winner of a Uttoxeter novice hurdle last Tuesday, in the PS35,000 Betfred TV Summer Hurdle.
"Regulation looks well in off a mark of 126," the trainer said. "He'll have a nice racing weight if topweight Commissioned runs, and the forecast quick ground will suit.
"I'm hoping for a big field because the stronger the pace the better. The hurly burly of big fields suits him on the Flat and it should do so over hurdles as well - he likes coming between horses from off the pace."
Regulation ran out an impressive 11-length winner at Market Rasen in May and King added: "He's won over course and distance this summer and I'm very much looking forward to running him on Saturday."
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Repeat possibility: It's A Gimme (right) wins the Betfred Summer Plate from stablemate Lost Legend last year. He could be ridden by Barry Geraghty