Ruby Walsh - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

RUBY WALSH: Don’t delay, get it started first time

I have to start this week with last Saturday’s Grand National and the furore concerning the false start.

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RUBY WALSH: Arvika going the right way

What a great day to be on the couch, with the Grand National from Aintree and Heineken Cup rugby on the box! But, you know what, I’d give anything to be at Aintree, in the thick of the action.

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Ruby Walsh chatting with Queen Elizabeth at the Buckingham Palace Irish community reception.

RUBY WALSH: Un de Sceaux can continue on upward curve at Auteuil

Last Tuesday night it was my pleasant duty to be part of a large Irish contingent who were invited to be guests of Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

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DRY SPOT: Vicky de L'Oasis - If the ground continues to dry it will greatly enhance her prospects.

RUBY WALSH: Trying to make the best of a frustrating situation

I have had over a week now to come to terms with the injury I suffered on the last day of the Cheltenham festival and am just making the best of things at the moment.

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RUBY WALSH: Sore end to a week that began oh so well

A Festival that began so well ended on a bad note yesterday when Abbyssial sent me spinning to the turf in the Triumph Hurdle.

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More Of That ridden by Barry Geraghty (right) crosses the line ahead of Annie Power ridden by Ruby Walsh (left)

RUBY WALSH: I should have waited longer on Annie

I was absolutely kicking myself after Annie Power had got beaten by More Of That in the World Hurdle at Cheltenham yesterday.

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RUBY WALSH: If Annie stays, she wins

Any day you have a winner at Cheltenham is a good day and I was more than happy with Faugheen’s victory in the first.

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RUBY WALSH: Rivals have to improve to thwart Hurricane

The talking is about to end and the meeting we have been waiting for since the start of the season, Cheltenham, is upon us.

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RUBY WALSH: More than happy to be relieved of duties for the weekend

I’m a virtual certainty to make it to Cheltenham now, after Willie Mullins decided yesterday I was to take the weekend off.

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RUBY WALSH: Twinlight can leave his poor Kempton run behind

I spent Thursday night in London, at the Hilton Hotel in Park Lane, attending a testimonial dinner for Ronan O’Gara.

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BOYNE BATTLE: Zaidpour - more than capable of winning the Boyne Hurdle if he puts his best foot forward.

RUBY WALSH: Vivega can make winning start

I hope Gowran Park today survives an inspection, because the exciting Un de Sceaux looks a penalty kick in a Grade 2 hurdle.

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Tidal Bay,  although now a thirteen-year-old, there is no evidence he is in decline.

RUBY WALSH: Abbey Lane can atone for falling on chasing debut

I was originally due to ride Rubi Ball, who is now out for the season, in the Hennessy at Leopardstown tomorrow and so instead will team up with an old friend, Tidal Bay, for another old friend, Paul Nicholls.

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RUBY WALSH: Arvika can make it four from four over fences at Punchestown

I was all set to travel to Sandown today to ride Un de Sceaux in a Listed hurdle, but those plans went west yesterday morning.

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Ivan Grozny and Ruby Walsh (right) were narrowly beaten by Plinth and Tony McCoy at Leopardstown. James Crombie/Inpho

RUBY WALSH: Get off to a flyer with Grozny

Willie Mullins’ decision not to send any horses to England means it’s a weekend at home for me, at Naas today and Fairyhouse tomorrow.

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