Geraghty eyes Boxing Day hat-trick

24 December 2012 07:31:16 EST

Barry Geraghty is looking forward to going for a third success in the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day.

The jockey won on Kicking King in 2004 and 2005, and this year rides Riverside Theatre, who lost out to stablemate Long Run in the rescheduled race in January 2011.

Riverside Theatre is 5/1 to win this year, while Long Run is 15/8 and Junior can be backed at 25/1.

It's [the King George VI Chase] the highlight over the Christmas (period].

Barry Geraghty

"I was lucky enough to win it twice on Kicking King and it's a great race. It's the highlight over the Christmas (period), on both sides of the water," he told the BBC.

Geraghty is relishing taking on Long Run, who will be attempting to win back his crown following the retirement of old foe Kauto Star.

"The vibes are good," he said.

"They say he's improved from his run at Haydock (in the Betfair Chase) and he wouldn't have a big issue with soft ground, so he's going to be the one they all have to beat."

Geraghty revealed he won't be cutting back too much on Christmas Day despite his Boxing Day exertions.

"There won't be much brandy butter, I'll cut back on the dressing, but I'll definitely have something. I get a bit grumpy without my food!"

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