Barry Geraghty had given Paddy Power punters the heads-up on Finian’s Rainbow’s Queen Mother Champion Chase chances, which completed a treble for the popular Meath man and his boss Nicky Henderson on day two of the Festival.
“It’s brilliant, brilliant,” Geraghty said. “You dream of days like this but when they come at you thick and fast like that you don’t give them much thought. It’s great.” The top jockey didn’t think the controversial incident that saw both himself and Andrew Lynch on Sizing Europe waved around the final fence made any difference to the result.
“With the sun in our eyes I didn’t see the fence dolled off until Andrew began to manoeuvre out halfway between the two,” Geraghty said. “He wasn’t sure if we were to jump the outside of the half of the fence and to be honest if he had of gone for it, I would have gone for it too because they didn’t doll off the whole fence. He went out and I went out and thankfully I was the right side of it.”
Asked if it made any difference to the result he said: “It made no difference. I was getting going. He was full of running and I was just waiting to pick him off, like Bobs Worth did with First Lieutenant in the previous race. He went on from the fourth last and he stretched me a little bit. Sizing Europe is top class, take nothing away from him. It was a good, true race. There was no quarter given. Top quality stuff. It’s as good as it gets. You go into Cheltenham hoping to ride a winner but you don’t expect to be riding three. It’s fantastic.”
When pushed if there was a choice to be made next year between Sprinter Sacre and Finian’s Rainbow, Geraghty replied: “We’ll worry about that next year.”
Paddy Power’s Take On Day 2:
“The first two winning favourites today destroyed yesterday’s gains but the unlikely double whammy of Grands Crus and Sizing Europe getting chinned turned the tide back in our favour and catapulted us ahead over the two days. Bookies are in front as we enjoy the half-time oranges, but that could all change tomorrow.”