Barry Geraghty declared fit for Grand National

Geraghty has recovered from broken ribs and a collapsed lung to be ready for the festival.

BY Sinéad Farrell 12:35 Friday 31 March 2017, 12:35 31 Mar 2017

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Barry Geraghty says he is fit to ride at the Grand National in Aintree next week.

The Irish jockey has been on the sidelines since sustaining six broken ribs as well as a collapsed lung after a fall at Kempton last month.

The injuries subsequently ruled him out of the Cheltenham Festival but he has been passed fit to ride following the result of scans on Tuesday.

He's hopeful that he will be able to ride at Fairyhouse on Sunday.

Speaking to, Geraghty confirmed his return to action:

"I got the results of my scan this evening and, thankfully, everything came back clear and I'm good to go!

"I knew that I was fine, the lungs and the ribs have responded well. I have been working away around the place at home and I have been riding out. I rode work on Cause Of Causes on Wednesday and I'm off now to school More Of That on Friday morning. Even so, it was still a big relief to get the OK.

"It has been a long week, it has been a long wait, just waiting for the word, but it has been worth the wait.

"It was obviously a big shame to miss out on Cheltenham, but I'm delighted to get back now in time for Aintree, and to be able to look ahead to Fairyhouse and Punchestown.

"I hope to have my first rides back at Fairyhouse on Sunday. Thanks to everyone who has helped me over the last few weeks. I'm just really looking forward to getting going again!"


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