Ruby Walsh - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

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.

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
Potters Point 4.10 Naas
Each-Way Double: Dogora 2.20 Leopardstown
Clondaw Warrior 2.50 Leopardstown

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.

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.

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.


RUBY WALSH: Un de Sceaux should make no mistake this time

Today at Fairyhouse, at least as far as I’m concerned, is all about Un de Sceaux in the two-mile beginners chase.


RUBY WALSH: Drop in trip key to unlocking Monterg’s potential

I have five rides at Navan tomorrow but just a couple this afternoon at Tramore.


RUBY WALSH: Bob the one to beat in Durkan Memorial

I’m in Navan for four rides this afternoon, and start off on Hold The Line for Pat Shanahan in the opening maiden hurdle.

Djakadam -  working and schooling well.

RUBY WALSH: Djakadam’s lack of experience not overly concerning

I flew from Shannon to Heathtrow on Thursday night, after riding two winners at Thurles, and was looking forward to a couple of days at Newbury.

Faugheen is easily the highest rated in the Grade 2 Coral Hurdle at Ascot this afternoon. Picture: Inpho

RUBY WALSH: Long faces if Faugheen fails to collect

It was a bit like old times yesterday, riding at Haydock and then heading down the M6, for about four hours, on the way to Ascot.

Eventual winner Charingworth, ridden by Harry Bannister, jumps the final fence in third behind Broadway Buffalo and Benbens in the Opus Energy Amateur Riders' Handicap Chase at Cheltenham yesterday. Picture:  David Davies/PA Wire

RUBY WALSH: Clondaw Court looks banker material

It’s Punchestown for me over the next two days, with the battle between Hurricane Fly and Jezki in tomorrow’s Morgiana Hurdle likely to prove the big talking point of the weekend.


RUBY WALSH: Uranna set to overcome lengthy absence

I head to Naas this afternoon for three rides, none of them representing Willie Mullins.

CHAMPION MATERIAL: Boston Bob - has a history on going well frash.

RUBY WALSH: Canyon set for winning start over flights

This weekend promises plenty, as Willie Mullins takes the wraps off some of his better horses, with an ease in the ground finally arriving.