Ruby Walsh - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

RUBY WALSH: Clondaw Warrior has plenty to offer in Ascot Stakes

I’ve been to the Melbourne Cup, Breeders’ Cup, Hong Kong International Races and Dubai Carnival — all fantastic festivals in their own right — but none of them top Royal Ascot.

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RUBY WALSH: Val De Ferbet can defy top weight

The ground wasn’t as slow as I thought it would be yesterday and it had an impact on all my rides, writes Ruby Walsh. 


RUBY WALSH: No stamina worries with Hurricane Fly as he goes into battle once more with old foe Jezki

It is Round Four for the season in Ireland between Hurricane Fly and Jezki but it is a battle with a difference this time, taking place over three miles in the World Hurdle (5.30). 


RUBY WALSH: Classy Shaneshill can go one better

Things didn’t all go to plan yesterday but you won’t complain with two winners nonetheless. I picked the wrong one big time in the Champion Chase and my hope that Champagne Fever might reproduce his best form proved unfounded. It was 50-50 with Felix Yonger and it didn’t surprise me that he stuck it out so well in the end.


RUBY WALSH: Douvan primed to deliver again in Champion Novice

Punchestown is one of the most important weeks of the year and just like Cheltenham, it starts for me with Douvan (4.20). He seems in really good form and is coming off a brilliant performance in winning the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.


RUBY WALSH: Celebrate AP rather than mourn his exit

AP McCoy calls time on the most successful career in the history of jump racing today and I would have made sure I was in Sandown for it to join in on the celebrations, whether I had a ride or not, writes Ruby Walsh


RUBY WALSH: Gentleman has perfect profile for Irish Grand National

I am happy to be riding Perfect Gentleman in the BoyleSports Irish Grand National on Monday. I think he has the right profile for the race and 10-10 is a lovely weight.