Ruby Walsh - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

Annie Power has shown no ill effects of her Cheltenham fall and could run at both Aintree and Punchestown.

RUBY WALSH: Patanne can make light of his lengthy absence

 

All the horses have come out of Cheltenham okay. It was an unbelievable week but now you have to start thinking about Aintree, Fairyhouse and Punchestown, and which horses are going where.

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RUBY WALSH: Phew! What a fantastic week it has been

Done and dusted with the Cheltenham Festival for another year but what a week it has been! Barring Annie Power tipping up at the last in the mares’ hurdle, it has been fantastic. 

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SEARCHING FOR GOLD: Djakadam spearheads Willie Mullins' Gold Cup assault today.  Ruby Walsh believes the Thyestes Chase winner has a live chance. Picture: David Davies/PA

RUBY WALSH: Djakadam capable of giving Willie Mullins a first Cheltenham Gold Cup

It’s Gold Cup day at Cheltenham but I won’t be disappointed if the forecast rain arrived overnight and continues through the morning as it will suit my mount, Djakadam, writes Ruby Walsh.

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RUBY WALSH: Onwards and upwards with Vautour in opener

Ruby Walsh reflects on Tuesday’s treble and Wednesday’s woes at Cheltenham.

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RUBY WALSH: Ruby Walsh: Nichols Canyon can keep the scoreboard ticking in Neptune

What a remarkable start to the meeting! Unbelievable. You know you’re not going to win them all, or at least you think something is going to go wrong — and it did when Annie Power fell.

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RUBY WALSH: Whoever beats Faugheen will be Cheltenham king

The talk is over and the action about to get underway at the Cheltenham Festival, and I’m hoping for a great start to the meeting as I’m riding four horses, all of which are favourite, writes Ruby Walsh. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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RUBY WALSH: Faugheen can confirm his superstar status in Champion Hurdle

The Stan James Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham can prove the next step in Faugheen’s development towards superstardom, writes Tommy Lyons.

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Hurricane Fly

RUBY WALSH: Deadline looming ... but I still haven’t made up my mind

It is the question I have been bombarded with for months now: Hurricane Fly or Faugheen in the Champion Hurdle?

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RUBY WALSH: Felix Yonger to deliver if jumping holds up

Ruby’s Best Bets
Nap: Five O’Clock Tea, Leopardstown, 4:25pm
Double: Five O’Clock Tea, Leopardstown, 4:25pm
Felix Yonger, Leopardstown, 2:05pm

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RUBY WALSH: Progressive Dogora can book ticket for Festival

It is a quite enough weekend but not without some intrigue all the same and some good performances might book a passage to Cheltenham. 

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RUBY WALSH: Betfair Ascot trip looks ideal for Ballycasey

I am probably leaving a winner or two behind me in Gowran, but I learned a long time ago that you can’t be in two places at one time, says Ruby Walsh.

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RUBY WALSH: If your back’s to the wall, you’d want AP in your corner

AP McCoy’s announcement that he would be retiring at the end of the season didn’t come as a surprise to me because we are good friends.

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TOP HUNTER: Prince de Beauchene, impressive when winning at Thurles, will be even better suited to Leopardstown.

RUBY WALSH: Kalkir poised to get back on track

Following much soul-searching, I have gone with On His Own in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown tomorrow.

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RUBY WALSH: Open Eagle set tofly high

Two rides at Fairyhouse today and four at Punchestown tomorrow make up my weekend, says Ruby Walsh.

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ARKLE SHOWDOWN: Un de Sceaux -  wears his heart on his sleeve and we will be belting away from the start.

RUBY WALSH: Mountain set to scale the heights

I’m off on my travels again today, heading to Doncaster for just one ride, Analifet, in a Grade 2 hurdle for mares, says Ruby Walsh.

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MIXED BAG: Twinlight will handle the soft ground as Ascot but has thrown in the odd poor effort in the past.

RUBY WALSH: Potters can make a Point in bumper

Ruby’s Best Bets
Nap:
Potters Point 4.10 Naas
Each-Way Double: Dogora 2.20 Leopardstown
Clondaw Warrior 2.50 Leopardstown

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NEW PLAN: Turban heads back over hurdles this weekend after falling in a chase at Tramore.

RUBY WALSH: When you’re in a hole, you should stop digging!

I was surprised yesterday when discovering that the BHA has decided to hold a somewhat belated inquiry into Aidan Coleman’s use of the whip when winning the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow aboard Emperor’s Choice.

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NEW CAREER: On hurdle ratings Urano (left) is more than entitled to be competitive in the beginners chase at Cork today.

RUBY WALSH: Tell Us More definitely one to note

There’s a real hint of the Christmas blues about Irish racing this weekend, with small fields essentially the order of the day at both Cork this afternoon and Naas tomorrow.

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DIAL-A-WINNER: Ballycasey  looks set to  run a huge race in the Dial-A-Bet Chase.

RUBY WALSH: Up For Review will take beating

Back in Leopardstown this afternoon for what will be a busy few days and I get started on Buiseness Sivola, for Willie Mullins, in the juvenile hurdle.

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