Geraghty facing George dilemma

  • Last Updated: December 9 2012, 13:19 GMT

Barry Geraghty will make a decision on his William Hill King George VI Chase mount "sooner rather than later" according to trainer Nicky Henderson.

Barry Geraghty: Has a tough decision to make
Barry Geraghty: Has a tough decision to make

The trainer intends to saddle three in the Boxing Day showpiece at Kempton with Long Run, who will be ridden by Sam Waley-Cohen, lining up alongside Ryanair Chase winner Riverside Theatre and Queen Mother Champion Chase hero Finian's Rainbow.

Geraghty has the choice of the two and Henderson would rather have his plans in place.

"Riverside worked at Kempton on Monday and went very well with Darlan and Grandouet, who comes out this weekend (in the International Hurdle at Cheltenham), Darlan will probably wait for the Christmas Hurdle," Henderson told At The Races.

"We've always planned to send Riverside straight to the King George as he goes so well fresh, he's won first time out every time. He's in great order.

"Finian's Rainbow will also join the party and Long Run seems very well in himself now. He had a race at Haydock but he was in great form yesterday, so those three almost certainly head to the King George.

"I would have to leave the decision on jockeys to Barry. We'll have to discuss it sooner rather than later as we'll have to make alternative plans (for either Riverside Theatre or Finian's Rainbow)."

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