Geraghty sidelined again as he breaks arm in Irish National fall

Barry Geraghty faces up to three months on the sidelines after the injury-ravaged former champion jockey suffered a broken arm when Minella Foru crashed out at the eighth fence in the Irish Grand National.

Geraghty missed the Cheltenham Festival after fracturing ribs and puncturing a lung in a fall from Charli Parcs at Kempton on February 25. He returned after five weeks in time for what proved to be a memorable few days at Aintree, where he plundered a Grade 1 treble courtesy of Buveur D'Air, Defi Du Seuil and Yanworth.

However, his joy has proved short-lived. The Turf Club's chief medical officer Dr Adrian McGoldrick indicated Geraghty will miss the Punchestown festival and be sidelined for up to three months following his exit in the BoyleSports-sponsored feature at Fairyhouse. 

McGoldrick said: "Barry has fractured his left radius and is looking at up to three months off. He will have surgery on Tuesday."

Geraghty missed more than two months with a similar injury to his right arm following a fall from Cernunnos in the Summer Plate at Market Rasen last July. He had been among the winners at his local track earlier in the day when John Quinn's British raider Project Bluebook landed the Grade 2 juveniles' hurdle.

However, he immediately missed out on a winner when his intended mount Slowmotion took the mares' Grade 3 chase that followed the National. The ride went to Mark Walsh, who had only returned on Sunday after fracturing his leg in a fall from the fatally injured Consul De Thaix in the Neptune Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham.