“I have a great connection there and it definitely wasn’t easy to walk away from that. “I’d hope to ride a good few for Nicky when I’m not required for JP when I’m in England. I’d hope to keep the connection going even when I’m riding JP’s horses for Nicky. “JP has a great team of horses, likewise Nicky had too. I suppose it was a win-win situation, but lifestyle is definitely the strongest factor in it. “I have a young family and had a little boy just a few weeks ago. It’s a busy house and to be away as much as I’ve been away over the last seven years, it definitely takes its toll. It’s good to have a better balance. “I’ve discussed it with AP and I’ve discussed it with Nicky. I’m more than happy with it and I’m looking forward to it. “We’re all in it for the big days. It’s nice to be riding winners any day of the week, but the big days really do count for an awful lot. “The Irish Grand National was a great thrill and riding two winners at Cheltenham on Jezki and More Of That – that season was brilliant, so I’ve been very fortunate to have ridden some great winners for JP over the years. “I had my second Festival winner on Youlneverwalkalone in 2003. I’ve been lucky to ride some nice horses for him over the years.” Geraghty named some of the key horses he is excited at teaming up with in his first season wearing the famous gold and green silks. “It will be interesting to see how My Tent Or Yours is after having missed a season. He was only touched off by Jezki in the Champion Hurdle, so if gets back to that he should be a big player,” he said. “Shutthefrontdoor won the Irish Grand National and ran well in the English Grand National. He’s a horse for the future. “Kitten Rock was impressive during the season and he should make a nice chaser. There is plenty of quality there and a lot to look forward to.” Geraghty has been sidelined with a broken shinbone since March but is now riding out again and is looking to be back in action early next month. “I’ve been off for three months with a fractured shinbone. That’s been a little bit slow and a lot slower than I thought,” he said. “I rode out yesterday morning and I was in with Gordon Elliott. I rode out three lots today. It’s getting there and I’d hope to be back early in July.” McCoy believes Geraghty is the right choice. “You want to give yourselves the best possible chance of winning and having someone like Barry on your side gives you that,” McCoy told The Times. “His record speaks for itself and you don’t ride the big winners he’s had without being top drawer in every department. “He’s got lots of experience, is good with people and there is a lot of class about him. “Barry had a very close association with Nicky and I’m sure he would have found it difficult to walk away, but wearing the green and gold colours is the best job in jump racing and one very hard not to be interested in. “There’s nothing else like it.” Barry Geraghty has admitted accepting the role of number one rider for leading owner JP McManus was not an easy decision. Press Association The speculation continued when McCoy finally hung up his saddle in April and ended on Monday with news that Geraghty had accepted the role. Geraghty has been riding principally for Seven Barrows trainer Nicky Henderson since 2008 and the pair have won most of the biggest races on the calendar together, including the Cheltenham Gold Cup with Bobs Worth and the Queen Mother Champion Chase with Sprinter Sacre, both in 2013. However, his new appointment means he will not have to commute from Ireland as often as in the past. “It’s a great job to get. I suppose discussions probably started since Punchestown. I met up with JP last week and we discussed it. It fits in really well,” Geraghty told At The Races. “Obviously I’ve done seven years riding for Nicky and it’s been brilliant. We’ve had some great success, but there’s a lot of travel involved and a lot of time away. “I have a young family here and I think it might be a better balance going forward, maybe doing two or three days in England and have more time at home. It works well on a personal level. “It definitely suits well but it wasn’t a decision I could take lightly. “I’ve had a great time riding as first jockey for Nicky. We’ve had great success and a brilliant bunch of owners, who I would be very friendly with and going forward I would consider as friends. Speaking for the first time since the news of his appointment broke, the 35-year-old revealed the job offered a better balance from a personal point of view as he has a wife and young family. As soon as Tony McCoy announced his intention to retire in February, Geraghty was favourite with the bookmakers to fill the massive void.
Many with their ear to the USC administration have been speculating for a few years now that President Steven B. Sample would be stepping down, but Monday’s announcement that he will be retiring in August was a bombshell nonetheless.Sample’s retirement will mark the end of an era in which USC has evolved into a leading research university, and raises serious questions about the university’s future — chief among them whether Sample’s successor can maintain the level of success he established in his time as president.Words of wisdom · President Steven B. Sample has taught a highly selective leadership course with management expert Warren Bemis. – Photo courtesy of USCOver the last two decades, Sample has had awide-ranging effect on the university. He has catapulted its academic standards, expanded its outreach into the community and made it a destination for students in dozens of states and dozens of countries.And Sample’s prolific fundraising efforts have enabled the significant capital improvements that give USC’s campus a vastly different face from that of 20 years ago.The impact of many of Sample’s accomplishments may not be clear for years. But after nearly two decades, his influence is felt in nearly every aspect of university life, and his retirement will leave a gaping hole in the president’s office.Sample’s announcement was hardly shocking. His Parkinson’s disease has grown worse in recent years; at one event in Washington, DC last spring, the president’s hand shook violently at times, although his voice remained sturdy during a speech to alumni. The university also announced that Sample would not be teaching his popular leadership class this year, claiming it was retooling the curriculum.Sample said the disease was not a major factor in his decision to step down from his post, according to the Los Angeles Times. Instead, he said, he wanted to step down while he was ahead.Whatever the reason, replacing a president like Sample will be no small task for the university. The Board of Trustees will likely approach leading university figures across the country and even look internationally in its effort to find a successor by May.But there are signs that USC may be looking within its own ranks. Although it is uncommon for major schools to promote a president from within, recent signs have pointed to Executive Vice President and Provost C.L. Max Nikias as a likely option.Earlier this year, the university bumped Nikias’ title from provost to executive vice president. Board of Trustees Chairman Edward P. Roski Jr. also confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that Nikias was a contender for the position.Either way, the next president will face a number of challenges in continuing the streak of success Sample established.Sample’s successor will take over at a time when the university’s finances have taken a hit. The school is still in a hiring freeze, and its endowment has lost about $1.2 billion over the last year. The financial challenges have also affected the school’s ability to offer financial aid and its ability to expand.If the USC of today looks fundamentally different than the one Sample inherited in 1991, then his successor will be facing a school that hardly resembles the USC of just five years ago.Perhaps most significantly, the next president will be taking over at a key moment in the development of the university’s Master Plan, a framework for expanding the University Park Campus over the next few decades.The proposed changes to student housing around campus, including creating 7,600 beds in the North University Park, could completely alter the look and feel of USC in the coming years and have a substantial impact on those that live in the neighborhood.Sample made cooperation with the community a key aspect of his tenure, and his successor will have to grapple with the task of balancing the school’s physical growth and the changing nature of the Figueroa Corridor with the increasingly tenuous relationship with its neighbors.As the board begins the search for a successor who can handle the complex task of managing a university with USC’s size, many are hoping Sample will continue to be a presence at the university and plan to use the rest of the year to bid farewell to the man who brought USC into the 21st century.