Barry Geraghty

Born: 16 September 1979

Nationality: Irish

Irish Champion Jockey: 1997, 2004

Notable Race Wins:-

Grand National: Monty's Pass (2003)

Cheltenham Gold Cup: Kicking King (2006)

Champion Hurdle: Punjabi (2009)

Champion Chase: Moscow Flyer (2003, 2005), Big Zeb (2010)

World Hurdle: Iris's Gift (2004)

Career History

Barry Geraghty's family have always had an affiliation with horse racing, with his father being an amateur jockey and his grandfather owning the great Golden Miller.  So, there was no surprise that Geraghty would carve a career in the game and he has become one of the most successful national hunt jockeys in recent times.

Riding his first winner in 1997 as a conditional jockey, Geraghty quickly found himself picking up quality rides, none more so than a Jessica Harrington-trained Moscow Flyer.

Geraghty partnered Harrington's inmate to victory in the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle at Cheltenham in 1999 before winning his first race at the Cheltenham Festival in 2002 aboard the two-mile specialist in the Arkle Chase. 

Moscow Flyer would be a name continually etched in the festival record books and in 2003 and 2005 Geraghty partnered the Brian Kearney-owned horse to victory in the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

2003 was to be a defining moment in Geraghty's career as he not only bagged five winners at the Cheltenham Festival and was voted Irish sports personality of the year, but he also steered Monty's Pass to victory in the Grand National amidst jubilant scenes at Aintree.

Geraghty continued to gain support from the leading trainers and he was regularly piloting some of Jonjo O'Neill's first string and the pair teamed up to Stayer's Hurdle (now World Hurdle) success at the 2004 Cheltenham Festival with Iris's Gift.  In 2006 Geraghty accomplished another dream as he rode Kicking King to glory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup for trainer Tom Taaffe.

Following the retirement of Mick Fitzgerald in 2008, Geraghty managed to land the plum job of being stable jockey to Nicky Henderson and the pair have blossomed together teaming up for a multitude of big race wins.

In 2009 Geraghty and Henderson teamed up to win the Champion Hurdle with Punjabi, to help the County Meath-born Geraghty join the elite group of riders along with Ruby Walsh and Richard Johnson, who have ridden the winner of the four main races at the Cheltenham Festival.

With 20 winners at the Prestbury Park extravaganza Geraghty is certainly one of the greats of the game and with over 1000 winners to his name during an illustrious career he certainly will go down in riding history.

Other Leading National Hunt Jockeys

AP McCoy

Ruby Walsh

Richard Johnson

Timmy Murphy

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