Ruby Walsh - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

RUBY WALSH: Bachasson poised to get off the mark over fences

There are just three and a half weeks to go to the Cheltenham Festival and all the horses are in full work, writes Ruby Walsh

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RUBY WALSH: Listen Dear poised to extend winning sequence

I can only hope I’ve made the right choices, writes Ruby Walsh.

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RUBY WALSH: Emery looks the part in Punchestown opener

It’s the weekend between the Irish Champion Hurdle and Gold Cup, but it’s another busy and important one. I have three rides this afternoon at Fairyhouse, but it’s Douvan, in the Tied Cottage Chase tomorrow at Punchestown, who will be focus of most attention.

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RUBY WALSH: Faugheen in good form for long-awaited comeback

A week later than intended and in Cheltenham, rather than Ascot, Un De Sceaux gets his chance in the Clarence House Chase. The change of venue doesn’t really make any difference to him, the biggest difference to the race is that it’s a £70,000 race, and it would have been a £150,000 race had it been run last week.

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RUBY WALSH: Un De Sceaux to deliver... if Ascot gets the go-ahead

It’s a complicated situation, with many permutations, but the long and the short of it is I don’t know for certain where I’ll be riding today.

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RUBY WALSH: Make it Mome to crack rivals at Punchestown

Following another quiet week, national hunt racing returns today at Punchestown and my best chance looks to be on Crack Mome, who I’m hoping is good enough to take the feature race, the Grade 2 Moscow Flyer Hurdle.

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RUBY WALSH: Chateau Conti can make the trip to Cork worthwhile

After a quiet week, it’s a quiet return for me, with just one ride at this afternoon’s meeting in Cork. Chateau Conti is the one, and I’m hopeful he can make the trip south worthwhile.

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RUBY WALSH: Thistlecrack can take tactical affair

I’ve ridden in a lot of King Georges but I don’t remember riding in one with such a small field.

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RUBY WALSH: JT McNamara’s passing overshadowed everything else in 2016

The past year, like any other, has had its high points, but whatever highlights anybody in racing might have had in 2016, I will always remember it as the year John Thomas McNamara passed away, writes Ruby Walsh

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RUBY WALSH: We couldn’t be happier with powerful Yorkhill

The Christmas festivals are on the horizon but there’s plenty of good racing this weekend, and I’m really looking forward to riding Yorkhill on his chasing debut in the two-mile beginners’ race at Fairyhouse this afternoon.

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RUBY WALSH: Listen Dear the standout bet on a big weekend

Much as I would love to ride Douvan in the Hilly Way Chase in Cork tomorrow, I can’t be in two places at once, and so I’ll be in Punchestown to ride Djakadam in the John Durkan Memorial. It’s a Grade 1 race, the biggest race of the day, and that’s the reason I’m going there.

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RUBY WALSH: Mares’ allowance to swing it for Vroum Vroum Mag

Decisions, decisions, decisions. That was my lot yesterday morning as I tried to choose the right ones in the big races on a brilliant card tomorrow at Fairyhouse. But there was no such indecision this afternoon as I’m off to Sandown to ride Un De Sceaux in the Tingle Creek.

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RUBY WALSH: A key weekend as wraps come off young stars

The National Hunt season is hitting full stride now, and thus this is a good weekend for us to begin to unwrap some of our best young horses of last season.

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