Ruby Walsh - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

RUBY WALSH: As JT McNamara used to say, chalk it down to Road To Riches

It’s Galway Plate day and to me the feature starts at the top: if Noel Meade has Road To Riches in the same form as he had in Cheltenham or Punchestown then he will win.

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RUBY WALSH: Psychedelic Funk can strike for astute Ger Lyons in Coventry

This may surprise you but the opening day of Royal Ascot rivals the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival in terms of a quality.

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RUBY WALSH: Limini can put Aintree disappointment behind her

Just the two rides for me again this afternoon, and Limini looks to have the better chance of the two. She was probably a bit disappointing at Aintree, but was too keen for her own good and got found out at the end of the race.

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RUBY WALSH: Vroum Vroum Mag looks up to the task at Punchestown

Ups and downs yesterday, but what more can I say about Douvan than he was spectacular. I don’t think I’ve ridden a novice like him, and can’t wait to see him take the next step, writes Ruby Walsh

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RUBY WALSH: Vedettariat one to note at a big price

Day three of the Punchestown festival, and it has to be said that the conditions at the track over the first couple of days were a credit to the staff at the course. There was a great covering of grass, and it was like a carpet for both days’ racing - it was in unbelievable condition.

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