Ruby Walsh - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

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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RUBY WALSH: Let’s Dance looks to be my best partner

Although the stable’s leading lights are only beginning to emerge, Willie has made a bright start to the season, and, buoyed by an admittedly fortunate victory in the Clonmel Oil Chase, I’m hoping the momentum can continue into what is a great weekend of racing.

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RUBY WALSH: Prince Of Scars can make winning start to jumping career

Definite signs that the National Hunt proper is getting in to full swing, with graded races at both meetings in Ireland this weekend, and it’s Naas today for three rides, where I get underway on Saturnas in the maiden hurdle.

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RUBY WALSH: Outlander to put in Titanic effort in Belfast Chase

Just two rides today, but they’re good ones, and I start off with Valseur Lido in the JNWine Chase at Down Royal. 

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RUBY WALSH: Venezia should go very close at Wexford

Still waiting for the season to get into full swing, but I’m a little bit busier on the track this weekend than in recent ones, with five rides at Wexford tomorrow.

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RUBY WALSH: Promising Village looks poised to follow up at Cheltenham

I’ll ride far more horses on the gallops this weekend than I will on the track, as I have just one mount, which comes today at Punchestown aboard Myles Ahead, trained by my father. 

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