Ruby Walsh - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

RUBY WALSH: Wrong to suggest the top is killing the bottom

There’s a top and a bottom in every sport, and to suggest the top is killing the bottom in jump racing is, in my opinion, off the mark, writes Ruby Walsh.

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RUBY WALSH: A clear case of what a difference a day makes!

Yesterday was an amazing day for the yard, so much so that Willie is now in front in the trainers’ title, and it has been some team effort to get to this point, writes Ruby Walsh.

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RUBY WALSH: 'I’m happy with Vroum Vroum Mag and hoping for a big run'

Maybe our luck is just turning. I knew I was up two strides from the line on Nichols Canyon in yesterday’s Stayers’ Hurdle but, on the line, the winner had battled back.

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RUBY WALSH: Djakadam gave it his all

Nichols Canyon is not the best work horse in the world, but he’s going as well now as he was before Cheltenham, writes Ruby Walsh.

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RUBY WALSH: Penhill primed for more success

The Punchestown Gold Cup is the feature on day two of the festival and, while former Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Coneygree adds a different angle to it, all the form points to Sizing John.

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RUBY WALSH: Un De Sceaux can complete perfect season

Given that, based on official rating, Fox Norton is superior to Un De Sceaux and a bigger price, it makes sense that he should be the selection in the Boylesports Champion Chase, but the make-up of the race is such, Un De Sceaux is likely to enjoy a solo up front, and that can ensure a fourth consecutive victory in a perfect season.

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RUBY WALSH: If Willie Mullins finds a way, it will be the Miracle of Punchestown

In years gone by, I might have been preparing to ride in the Scottish National at Ayr this afternoon. Today, however, I will be riding work and, hopefully, will make it to the Aviva for the Munster match in the evening.

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RUBY WALSH: My horse-by-horse Grand National guide

Ruby Walsh gives his assessment of the 40 runners in today’s Grand National.

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RUBY WALSH: Consistent Kolumbus can gain overdue victory

Just the four for me this weekend, but three of those are graded races on a very good card at Fairyhouse tomorrow, so plenty to look forward to to start the final month of the season.

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RUBY WALSH: A mixed week with Thursday four-timer a glorious high

Once again, the Irish people showed themselves in great stead, and I hope the Irish rugby team gives the English as good a hiding today, writes Ruby Walsh.

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RUBY WALSH: Djakadam has a great chance, I can’t wait to ride him

We’re delighted with the way Djakadam has been working recently, and think he is in great order, writes Ruby Walsh.

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RUBY WALSH: Douvan defeat hard to take but Yorkhill can provide some respite

It was tough, but we’re all still standing, and we must move on, writes Ruby Walsh.

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RUBY WALSH: Bad luck the only danger to Douvan in Champion

Yesterday was a day of near misses, but the horses ran well. I couldn’t have asked more of Melon, who just ran into a better one in the Supreme. 

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RUBY WALSH: Classy Melon can get my festival off to a flying start

It’s that time of year again, when National Hunt folk become consumed by the Cheltenham Festival, and while it’s going to be a long week, it’s also a tremendous occasion.

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RUBY WALSH: Mystic Theatre can take centre stage in Naas bumper

I’ll be sitting out the weekend. Willie was fairly keen I get to Cheltenham next week, and he’s the boss, so that’s the way, writes Ruby Walsh

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RUBY WALSH: Bargy Lady has plenty going for her in mares’ maiden hurdle

She has just come up against a good mare every time she has run, and this looks her best opportunity thus far, writes Ruby Walsh

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RUBY WALSH: Fulham Road benefiting from kid-glove treatment

Five rides, and probably not the strongest-looking book I’ve had, but that’s the nature of racing in the countdown to the Cheltenham.

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