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Top Cheltenham Jockeys: Barry Geraghty

43 Time Cheltenham Festival Winning Jockey

Barry Geraghty called time on his career in 2020 signing off with 5 wins from 11 rides at the Cheltenham Festival. He retires as the second most winning jockey at the festival sandwiched between Ruby Walsh’s 59 wins and Sir A P McCoy’s 31 wins. He added a fourth win in the Champion Hurdle on Epatante, a third win in the RSA on Champ and had a clean sweep of wins in the handicap hurdles. All 5 wins were on horses owned by the meetings most successful owner – J P McManus.

Cheltenham Festival Wins

Barry missed the 2017 Festival through injury ending a sequence of wins going back to 2002. He returned in 2018 winning the feature Champion Hurdle on Tuesday (his third win in the race) and the last race of the meeting (Grand Annual) on Friday. He added a further two wins on the Thursday of the 2019 meeting.

In 2020 on his final festival ride – Saint Roi – Willie Mullins became the fifteenth different trainer Geraghty has ridden a winner for.

In all Geraghty has had 43 Cheltenham Festival winners. Moscow Flyer provided his first win in 2002 and Barry has had at least one winner at each Cheltenham Festival he has ridden at since then. In 2009 he became the first jockey to have won Cheltenham’s four feature races and the Aintree Grand National. He has had further success since and has now won each of the Cheltenham feature races at least twice.

His wins in the big four Cheltenham races came on Jezki (2014), Punjabi(2009) ,Buveur Dair and Epatante in the Champion Hurdle, on Jessica Harrington’s Moscow Flyer ( 2003 and 2005),  Colm Murphy’s Big Zeb (2010) and Nicky Henderson’s Finian’s Rainbow (2012) and Sprinter Sacre (2013) in the Champion Chase, on Jonjo O’Neill’s Iris’s Gift (2004) and More of that (2014) in the World Hurdle, and on Tom Taaffe’s Kicking King (2005) and Nicky Henderson’s Bobs Worth (2013) in the Gold Cup. Barry won the 2003 Grand National on Monty’s Pass.

Barry Geraghty Cheltenham Festival Wins (43)

YearRaceHorseTrainer
2002ArkleMoscow FlyerJessica Harrington
2003Festival TrophyYoulneverwalkaloneChristy Roche
2003Champion ChaseMoscow FlyerJessica Harrington
2003PertempsInching CloserJonjo O’Neill
2003TriumphSpectroscopeJonjo O’Neill
2003CountySpirit LeaderJessica Harrington
2004World HurdleIris’s GiftJonjo O’Neill
2005Champion ChaseMoscow FlyerJessica Harrington
2005Gold CupKicking KingTom Taaffe
2006RSA ChaseStar de MohaisonPaul Nicholls
2006Coral CupSky’s the LimitEdward O’Grady
2007BumperCork All StarJessica Harrington
2008CentenaryFinger Onthe PulseTom Taaffe
2009ArkleForpadydeplastererTom Cooper
2009Champion HurdlePunjabiNicky Henderson
2009TriumphZaynarNicky Henderson
2010Champion ChaseBig ZebColm Murphy
2010Coral CupSpirit RiverNicky Henderson
2010TriumphSoldatinoNicky Henderson
2011Alfred BartlettBobs WorthNicky Henderson
2012ArkleSprinter SacreNicky Henderson
 2012 Neptune SimonsigNicky Henderson
2012RSA ChaseBobs WorthNicky Henderson 
 2012 Champion ChaseFinian’s RainbowNicky Henderson
2013Arkle ChaseSimonsigNicky Henderson 
2013Champion ChaseSprinter SacreNicky Henderson 
2013Gold CupBobs WorthNicky Henderson 
2014Champion HurdleJezkiJessica Harrington
2014RSA ChaseO’FaolainsRebecca Curtis
2014World HurdleMore Of ThatJonjo O’Neill
2015Festival Trophy ChaseDruids NephewNeil Mulholland
2015Triumph HurdlePeace & CoNicky Henderson
2016Triumph HurdleIvanovich GorbachovAidan O’Brien
2018Champion HurdleBuveur D’airNicky Henderson
2018Grand AnnualLe PrezienPaul Nicholls
2019JLT Novices ChaseDefi De SeuilPhilip Hobbs
2019PertempsSire De BerlaisGordon Elliott
2020Champion HurdleEpatanteNicky Henderson
2020RSA ChaseChampNicky Henderson
2020Coral CupDame De CompagnieNicky Henderson
2020PertempsSire De BerlaisGordon Elliott
2020Grand AnnualSaint RoiW P Mullins

Geraghty success is not confined to Cheltenham. He has been particularly successful at Aintree and was leading rider at the Grand National meeting from 2011-14 inclusive.

Barry was also leading rider at the 2016 Punchestown Festival.

Barry  has won 66 Grade1 chases in his career to date with Sprinter Sacre fittingly bring up his 50th win at the 2013 Cheltenham Festival. Geraghty has had a particularly good record on two mile chasers. While he has been fortunate to be associated with greats such as Moscow Flyer and Sprinter Sacre his list of 2 mile Grade 1 winners includes horses that provided unexpected success including God’s Own and Lucky William. Barry has also won 54 Grade 1 races over Hurdles ( and one bumper) giving him an overall total of  120 Grade 1 wins which gain places him second only to Walsh at this level.

Barry Geraghty Grade 1 Chase Wins (66)

6611 Mar 20RSA ChaseChampNicky Henderson
6518 Jan 20Clarence House ChaseDefi Du SeuilPhilip Hobbs
6407 Dec 19Tingle Creek ChaseDefi Du SeuilPhilip Hobbs
6314 Mar 19JLT Novices Chase Defi Du SeuilPhilip Hobbs
6202-Feb-19Scilly Isles Novices’s ChaseDefi Du SeuilPhilip Hobbs
6127-Apr-16Punchestown Gold CupCarlingford LoughJ Kiely
6027-Mar-16Gold Cup Novice ChaseKylemore LoughK Lee
5901-May-14Ryanair Novice ChaseGod’s OwnTom George
5820-Apr-14Powers Gold CupRebel FitzMichael Winters
5712-Mar-14RSA Chase O’Faolains BoyRebecca Curtis
5601-Feb-14Betfred TV Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase Oscar WhiskyNicky Henderson
5528-Dec-13Lexus Chase Bobs WorthNicky Henderson
5423-Apr-13Boylesports.com Champion Chase Sprinter SacreNicky Henderson
5305-Apr-13John Smith’s Melling Chase Sprinter SacreNicky Henderson
5204-Apr-13Betfred Manifesto Novices’ Chase Captain ConanNicky Henderson
5115-Mar-13Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase Bobs WorthNicky Henderson
5013-Mar-13Sportingbet Queen Mother Champion Chase Sprinter SacreNicky Henderson
4912-Mar-13Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase SimonsigNicky Henderson
4802-Feb-13 Scilly Isles Novices’ ChaseCaptain ConanNicky Henderson
4726-Jan-13 The Clarence House Steeple Chase Sprinter SacreNicky Henderson
4608-Dec-12Sportingbet Tingle Creek Chase Sprinter SacreNicky Henderson
4508-Dec-12Markel Insurance Henry VIII Novices’ Chase Captain ConanNicky Henderson
4428-Apr-12thetote.com Punchestown Gold Cup ( Chase)China RockM F Morris
4327-Apr-12Ryanair Novice Chase Lucky WilliamThomas Cooper
4214-Apr-12John Smith’s Maghull Novices’ Chase Sprinter SacreNicky Henderson
4113-Apr-12John Smith’s Melling Chase Finian’s RainbowNicky Henderson
4015-Mar-12Ryanair ChaseRiverside TheatreNicky Henderson
3914-Mar-12Queen Mother Champion Chase Finian’s RainbowNicky Henderson
3814-Mar-12RSA Chase Bobs WorthNicky Henderson
3713-Mar-12Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase Sprinter SacreNicky Henderson
3618-Feb-12Betfair Ascot Chase Riverside TheatreNicky Henderson
3503-May-11Boylesports.com Champion Chase Big ZebC A Murphy
3409-Apr-11John Smith’s Maghull Novices’ Chase Finian’s RainbowNicky Henderson
3319-Feb-11Betfair Ascot Chase Riverside TheatreNicky Henderson
3229-Dec-10Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase Big ZebC A Murphy
3117-Mar-10Queen Mother Champion Chase Big ZebC A Murphy
3020-Feb-10Betfair Ascot Chase Monet’s GardenNicky Richards
2906-Feb-10The Scilly Isles Novices’ ChasePunchestownsNicky Henderson
2810-Mar-09Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase ForpadydeplastererThomas Cooper
2724-Apr-08Cathal Ryan Memorial Swordlestown Cup Novice Chase Big ZebC A Murphy
2610-Dec-06John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase In ComplianceM J P O’Brien
2515-Mar-06Royal & SunAlliance Chase Star De MohaisonPaul Nicholls
2426-Dec-05Stan James King George VI Chase  Kicking KingT J Taaffe
2327-Apr-05Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup Kicking KingT J Taaffe
2208-Apr-05John Smith’s Melling Chase  Moscow FlyerMrs John Harrington
2118-Mar-05totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase  Kicking KingT J Taaffe
2016-Mar-05Queen Mother Champion Chase  Moscow FlyerMrs John Harrington
1926-Dec-04Stan James King George VI Chase  Kicking KingT J Taaffe
1805-Dec-04John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase Kicking KingT J Taaffe
1704-Dec-04William Hill – Tingle Creek Trophy Chase  Moscow FlyerMrs John Harrington
1627-Apr-04BETDAQ.com Champion Chase Moscow FlyerMrs John Harrington
1502-Apr-04Martell Cognac Melling Chase  Moscow FlyerMrs John Harrington
1408-Feb-04Dr P J Moriarty Novice Chase PizarroE J O’Grady
1325-Jan-04Arkle Perpetual Challenge Cup Novice Chase Kicking KingT J Taaffe
1228-Dec-03William Neville & Sons Novice Chase PizarroE J O’Grady
1106-Dec-03Tingle Creek Trophy Chase Showcase Race  Moscow FlyerMrs John Harrington
1012-Mar-03Queen Mother Champion Chase  Moscow FlyerMrs John Harrington
926-Dec-02Denny Gold Medal Novice Chase Le CoudrayC Roche
801-Dec-02Drinmore Novice Chase Le CoudrayC Roche
725-Apr-02Swordlestown Cup Novice Chase Moscow FlyerMrs John Harrington
624-Apr-02Punchestown Heineken Gold Cup Florida PearlW P Mullins
512-Mar-02Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase  Moscow FlyerMrs John Harrington
410-Feb-02Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup Chase Alexander BanquetW P Mullins
326-Dec-01Denny Gold Medal Novice Chase Moscow FlyerMrs John Harrington
225-Apr-01Powers Gold Label Tote Gold CupMoscow ExpressMs F M Crowley
128-Nov-99Drinmore Novice Chase Alexander BanquetW P Mullins

 Barry Geraghty Grade 1 Hurdle Wins (54)

5410 Mar 20Champion HurdleEpatanteNicky Henderson
5302 Feb 20Spring Juvenile HurdleA Wave Of The SeaJ P O’Brien
5226 Dec 19Christmas HurdleEpatanteNicky Henderson
5129-Dec-18Challow Novices HurdleChampNicky Henderson
5001-Dec-18Fighting Fifth HurdleBuveur D’AirNicky Henderson
4913-Mar-18Champion HurdleBuveur D’AirNicky Henderson
4825-Dec-17Christmas HurdleBuveur D’AirNicky Henderson
4702-Dec-17Fighting Fifth HurdleBuveur D’AirNicky Henderson
4608-Apr-17Stayers Liverpool HurdleYanworthAlan King
4506-Apr-17Aintree HurdleBuveur D’AirNicky Henderson
4406-Apr-17Aintree Juvenile HurdleDefi Du SeuilPhilip Hobbs
4326-Dec-16Christmas HurdleYanworthAlan King
4217-Dec-16Long Walk HurdleUnowhayimeanharryH Fry
4129-Apr-16Champion Novice HurdleJers GirlG Cromwell
4026-Apr-16Champion Novice HurdleDon’t Touch ItMrs J Harrington
3918-Mar-16Triumph HurdleIvanovich GorbatovA P O’Brien
3806-Feb-16Deloitte Novice HurdleBleu et RougeW Mullins
3712-Mar-15JCB Triumph HurdlePeace & CoNicky Henderson
3603-Jan-1532Red Tolworth HurdleL’ami SergeNicky Henderson
3530-Apr-14Irish Daily Mirror Novice HurdleBeat ThatNicky Henderson
3405-Apr-14 The Liverpool HurdleWhisperNicky Henderson
3304-Apr-14Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ HurdleBeat ThatNicky Henderson
3213-Mar-14Ladbrokes World Hurdle More Of ThatJonjo O’Neill
3111-Mar-14Stan James Champion HurdleJezkiMrs John Harrington
3009-Feb-14Gala Retail Spring Juvenile Hurdle Guitar PeteD T Hughes
2923-Apr-13Herald Champion Novice Hurdle JezkiMrs John Harrington
2802-Dec-12Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novice Hurdle JezkiMrs John Harrington
2714-Apr-12John Smith’s Aintree Hurdle Oscar WhiskyNicky Henderson
2614-Mar-12Neptune IM Novices’ HurdleSimonsigNicky Henderson
2507-Jan-12The Tolworth HurdleCaptain ConanNicky Henderson
2407-May-11AES Champion 4yo Hurdle GrandouetNicky Henderson
2309-Apr-11John Smith’s Aintree Hurdle Oscar WhiskyNicky Henderson
2218-Mar-11Albert Bartlett Novices’ HurdleBobs WorthNicky Henderson
2108-Jan-11The Tolworth HurdleMinella ClassNicky Henderson
2019-Mar-10JCB Triumph Hurdle SoldatinoNicky Henderson
1913-Mar-09JCB Triumph Hurdle ZaynarNicky Henderson
1810-Mar-09Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy PunjabiNicky Henderson
1720-Dec-08BGC Long Walk Hurdle PunchestownsNicky Henderson
1606-Dec-08WBX.COM Fighting Fifth Hurdle PunjabiNicky Henderson
1525-Apr-08ACCBank Champion Hurdle PunjabiNicky Henderson
1424-Apr-07vcbet.com Champion Novice Hurdle ClopfE J O’Grady
1328-Apr-06ACC Bank Champion Hurdle Macs JoyMrs John Harrington
1223-Jan-05AIG Europe Champion Hurdle Macs JoyMrs John Harrington
1129-Dec-04Bewleys Hotels December Festival Hurdle Macs JoyMrs John Harrington
1018-Mar-04bonusprint.com Stayers’ Hurdle  Iris’s GiftJonjo O’Neill
904-Apr-03Martell Cognac Sefton Novices’ Hurdle  Iris’s GiftJonjo O’Neill
813-Mar-03JCB Triumph Hurdle  SpectroscopeJonjo O’Neill
726-Jan-03Arkle Perpetual Challenge Cup Novice Chase Bust OutMrs John Harrington
629-Dec-02Evening Herald December Festival Hurdle Liss A PaoraighJohn E Kiely
501-Dec-02Hatton’s Grace Hurdle Limestone LadJames Bowe
427-Apr-01Shell Champion Hurdle Moscow FlyerMrs John Harrington
302-May-00Evening Herald Champion Novice Hurdle Moscow FlyerMrs John Harrington
207-Apr-00Belle Epoque Sefton Novices’ Hurdle  SackvilleMs F M Crowley
128-Nov-99Royal Bond Novice Hurdle Moscow FlyerMrs John Harrington

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