LEGENDARY jumps jockey Barry Geraghty has caught up with top trainer Henry de Bromhead as the National Hunt season gets underway.
Geraghty made a trip down to de Bromhead's stable in Waterford to conduct his own stable tour, getting the latest on star performers like Honeysuckle and Envoi Allen.
De Bromhead also reminisced over a fantastic 2020-21 season and waxed lyrical about Rachael Blackmore – read on for an in-depth stable tour and watch 888sport's 'When Barry met Henry' video via the link below.
She is just amazing and has such a will to win, we’re extremely lucky to have her.
We’ll go down the same route with her this season, kicking off in the Hatton’s Grace. I’ll try and have her a bit fitter than I did last year, where she got me out of trouble.
Then we’ll sort of back off her and then aim for the spring: Irish Champion Hurdle, Champion Hurdle hopefully and then maybe Punchestown.
She seems great and has summered really well. All Kenny’s [Alexander] mares go to Rathmore Stud and they do a great job there.
I suppose she’s bigger and stronger, she’s definitely heavier, but we need to get that down.
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Put The Kettle On
Whatever it is with her and Cheltenham, she just comes alive there, she improves a stone it seems.
We’ll start her in the Shloer Chase and then see where we go after that. I’m just not quite convinced that Leopardstown is her kind of place. We might look at the Desert Orchid at Kempton at Christmas.
It looks a really hot division this year, Shishkin, Energumene, Chacun Pour Soi and many others, but she’s done it the last couple of years [at Cheltenham] and whatever it is when she gets there it’s just incredible.
Her main aim is the 2½ mile Mares’ Hurdle at Leopardstown at Christmas. She’ll probably have a run prior to that and then she’ll be aiming mainly for the Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham.
Minella Indo and A Plus Tard
The Gold Cup was brilliant. Even to watch the re-runs when I came home, I struggled. I just couldn’t believe it.
Both have done well over the summer and Indo will go to Down Royal for the 3m Champion Chase. We’re toying with the idea of the King George but we’ll see how he gets on at Down Royal first.
A Plus Tard favours left-handed tracks, so we try to stick to left-handed tracks with him. I think maybe the Betfair Chase at Haydock and then back for the Savills Chase at Leopardstown at Christmas.
He’ll start in a beginners [chase] in mid-November and I was toying with the idea of the Drinmore, but we have to win our beginners first.
We’ll get that out of the way and then we can make plans after that. He’s in great form and worked well the other day.
He seems really good now. He looks amazing and has been schooling brilliantly.
He’s aiming for the second season novices’ chase at Down Royal at the end of the month. It’s the course and distance he won his beginners chase over so it seems an ideal one to start him off in and hopefully we’ll see the real Envoi Allen back again.
Hopefully we’ve got all the bad luck behind us and we’ll be able to kick on.
He’s only a four-year-old so it’s a bit tougher for them this year, but Aspire Tower did well in the second season novices’ at Down Royal, so we’re aiming to start Quilixios there.
We’re hoping to go down the Champion Hurdle route.
Watch the full 888Sport video “When Henry Met Barry” on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVA5o1b3-a
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