Barry Geraghty

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Barry Geraghty
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Barry Geraghty & Sprinter Sacre at Punchestown in 2013
Occupation Jockey
Born (1979-09-16) 16 September 1979 (age 41)
Pelletstown, County Meath, Ireland
Career wins1920 [1]
Irish jump racing Champion Jockey 1999/00, 2003/04
Significant horses
Moscow Flyer, Kicking King, Bobs Worth, Sprinter Sacre

Barry Geraghty (born 16 September 1979) is a retired Irish jockey. He is the second most successful jockey of all time at the Cheltenham Festival. [2]


Geraghty rode his first winner in January 1997 and three years later he became the Irish Champion jump jockey for the first time. His first win in England was the 1998 Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter on Miss Orchestra for trainer Jessica Harrington. [3] He rode his first Cheltenham winner on the Jessica Harrington-trained Moscow Flyer in the 2002 Arkle Chase.

He won the Grand National in 2003 on Monty's Pass. [4] Also that year he won five races at the Cheltenham Festival, including the Queen Mother Champion Chase on Moscow Flyer and was voted Irish sports personality of the year.

In the 2003-04 season he became Champion Irish jump jockey for the second time and won the Stayers Hurdle at Cheltenham on the Jonjo O'Neill-trained Iris's Gift.

Geraghty and Moscow Flyer won their second Champion Chases at the 2005 Cheltenham Festival, and Barry also won the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Kicking King for trainer Tom Taaffe at that meeting. Following the retirement of Mick Fitzgerald he became first jockey to the Nicky Henderson stable in 2008.

In 2009 he won the Champion Hurdle on Punjabi, [5] the Arkle Challenge Trophy on Forpadydeplasterer and Triumph Hurdle on Zaynar. In winning the Champion Hurdle he became the first jockey to have won the big four races at cheltenham (Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase, Stayers Hurdle, Gold Cup) and The English Grand National. On 2 November 2009 he rode his 1000th winner under National Hunt Rules in UK and Ireland when the Nicky Henderson trained Duc De Regniere won at Kempton. [6] He won his fifth Champion Chase at the 2013 Cheltenham Festival on Sprinter Sacre. He has had at least one winner at each Cheltenham festival since his first victory in 2002 except for the 2017 Cheltenham festival. At the 2020 Cheltenham Festival he had five wins for owner JP McManus. This included a record equalling fourth in the Champion Hurdle.

On 28 August 2012 he recorded his 1,000th Irish winner after a treble at Cork Racecourse. [7] On 26 January 2019 he rode his 1,875th winner in Britain and Ireland, moving him up to fourth on the all-time winners list. [8]

In July 2020, Geraghty announced his retirement. [9] At retirement, he was the fourth most successful British and Irish jump jockey with 1920 winners. [10]

Cheltenham Festival winners (43)

Cheltenham Festival winners (43)
2002 Arkle Challenge Trophy Moscow Flyer
2003 William Hill Trophy Youlneverwalkalone
Pertemps Final Inching Closer
Queen Mother Champion Chase Moscow Flyer
Triumph Hurdle Spectroscope
County Hurdle Spirit Leader
2004 Stayers Hurdle Iris's Gift
2005Queen Mother Champion ChaseMoscow Flyer
Cheltenham Gold Cup Kicking King
2006 Royal & SunAlliance Chase Star De Mohaison
Coral Cup Skys The Limit
2007 Champion Bumper Cork All Star
2008 Jewsons Novices' Handicap Chase Finger on The Pulse
2009Arkle Challenge Trophy Forpadydeplasterer
Champion Hurdle Punjabi
Triumph HurdleZaynar
2010Queen Mother Champion Chase Big Zeb
Coral CupSpirit River
Triumph HurdleSoldatino
2011 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle Bobs Worth
2012Arkle Challenge Trophy Sprinter Sacre
Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle Simonsig
RSA ChaseBobs Worth
Queen Mother Champion Chase Finian's Rainbow
Ryanair Chase Riverside Theatre
2013Arkle Challenge TrophySimonsig
Queen Mother Champion ChaseSprinter Sacre
Cheltenham Gold CupBobs Worth
2014Champion Hurdle Jezki
RSA ChaseO'Faolians Boy
World Hurdle [N 1] More Of That
2015 Ultima Business Solutions Handicap Chase The Druids Nephew
Triumph HurdlePeace and Co
2016Triumph HurdleIvanovich Gorbatov
2018Champion Hurdle Buveur d'Air
Grand Annual Chase Le Prezien
2019JLT Novices Chase Defi De Seuil
[Pertemps Hurdle]Sire De Berlais
2020 Champion Hurdle Epatante
RSA ChaseChamp
Coral Cup Dame De Compagnie
Pertemps Hurdle Sire De Berlais
County Handicap Hurdle Saint Roi
  1. From 2005 to 2016 this race was known as the World Hurdle. Before 2005 and after 2016 this race was known as the Stayers Hurdle.

Major wins

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Grand National Record

Geraghty rode in every Grand National from 2000 until 2014, winning once and being placed on four other occasions. He missed the 2015 Grand National due to a hairline fracture in his left tibia. [11]

Grand National
2000 Call It a Day6th
2001 HanakhamFell
2002 Alexander BanquetUnseated rider
2003 Monty's Pass 1st
2004 Monty's Pass4th
2005 Monty's Pass16th
2006 Puntal6th
2007 Slim Pickings3rd
2008 Slim Pickings4th
2009 Golden FlightFell
2010 Big Fella Thanks4th
2011 Or Noir De SomozaFell
2012 Shakalakaboomboom9th
2013 Roberto GoldbackUnseated rider
2014 Triolo D'alenePulled up
2016 Shutthefrontdoor 9th
2017 More Of That Pulled up
2018 Anibale Fly4th

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