Grand National 2017: Barry Geraghty will wait as long as possible before deciding on his mount

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Barry Geraghty riding Buveur D'Air at Sandown in February - PA

Barry Geraghty will wait as long as possible before deciding on his mount for the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree.

The leading rider is just happy he has a choice to make, after this week being given the all-clear to resume in the saddle having been forced to miss the Cheltenham Festival through injury.

Geraghty, who is back at Fairyhouse on Sunday, said in his blog for At The Races: "I schooled More Of That this (Friday) morning over the National fences in Lambourn and he went well. It leaves me with a nice but tough decision to make regarding my Grand National ride. I rode work on Cause Of Causes on Wednesday morning, and he went well too.

"It's not going to be an easy decision. Cause Of Causes was very good in winning the Cross-Country Chase at Cheltenham, and More Of That ran well in the Gold Cup. He was only beaten a total of 10 lengths in the end, and he is well handicapped in the Grand National as a result.

"Both Jonjo (O'Neill) and Gordon (Elliott) have trained the winner of the Grand National before, they know what is required. Pendra ran well too in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir, he was beaten less than a length.

"The great thing is that I have a decision to make, that I am going to be able to ride one of them! It's a nice position to be in, and I will wait as long as I can before deciding."

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