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Jockey Barry Geraghty won't be resting on his laurels after notching his 1,000th Irish winner

Updated: Monday, 27 Aug 2012 12:40 | Comments

Victory in the 2002 Irish Hennessy, aboard Alexander Banquet (1), was one of the highlights of Geraghty's first 1000 Irish winners
Victory in the 2002 Irish Hennessy, aboard Alexander Banquet (1), was one of the highlights of Geraghty's first 1000 Irish winners

Top National Hunt rider Barry Geraghty has no intention of resting on his laurels after notching a landmark 1,000th Irish winner on Sunday.

Geraghty rode a treble at Cork, with the middle leg, David Wachman's Pageboy, bringing up the milestone for the Grand National-winning jockey.

"I'd brought up my 1,000th on David Wachman's horse, Pageboy," he said.

"My wife asked me how many other jocks had ridden 1,000 just in Ireland and, while I'm not certain, I think there might only be Charlie (Swan), Ruby (Walsh) and Paul Carberry.

"I only had one goal when I set out riding and that was 1,000 winners. People say Gold Cups and Grand Nationals, which I've been fortunate enough to win, but you never know if those opportunities will come.

"If I had to pick some highlights out most of them would be Moscow Flyer. But I had some good days on Kicking King and Macs Joy, too.

"Of course Monty's Pass was a great day when we won the National and winning an Irish Hennessy on Alexander Banquet was great."

Geraghty regularly travels across to England, where he enjoys a terrific relationship with Nicky Henderson.

Among his mouthwatering mounts this season will be Sprinter Sacre, stunning winner of the Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham in March.

Geraghty said: "Retirement is the last thing on my mind, especially when you look at the talent at Nicky Henderson's yard this season.

"I love what I'm doing so here's to the next 1,000."

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