Ruby Walsh - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

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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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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