Ruby Walsh - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

RUBY WALSH: A key weekend as wraps come off young stars

The National Hunt season is hitting full stride now, and thus this is a good weekend for us to begin to unwrap some of our best young horses of last season.

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RUBY WALSH: Let’s Dance looks to be my best partner

Although the stable’s leading lights are only beginning to emerge, Willie has made a bright start to the season, and, buoyed by an admittedly fortunate victory in the Clonmel Oil Chase, I’m hoping the momentum can continue into what is a great weekend of racing.

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RUBY WALSH: Prince Of Scars can make winning start to jumping career

Definite signs that the National Hunt proper is getting in to full swing, with graded races at both meetings in Ireland this weekend, and it’s Naas today for three rides, where I get underway on Saturnas in the maiden hurdle.

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RUBY WALSH: Outlander to put in Titanic effort in Belfast Chase

Just two rides today, but they’re good ones, and I start off with Valseur Lido in the JNWine Chase at Down Royal. 

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RUBY WALSH: Venezia should go very close at Wexford

Still waiting for the season to get into full swing, but I’m a little bit busier on the track this weekend than in recent ones, with five rides at Wexford tomorrow.

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RUBY WALSH: Promising Village looks poised to follow up at Cheltenham

I’ll ride far more horses on the gallops this weekend than I will on the track, as I have just one mount, which comes today at Punchestown aboard Myles Ahead, trained by my father. 

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RUBY WALSH: Rock Lobster looks a tasty dish

There is no jumps racing in Ireland this afternoon, but I will be in action in Far Hills, New Jersey, to ride Rawnaq for trainer Cyril Murphy, in the Grand National Hurdle.

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RUBY WALSH: Old Castletown looks well in ahead of Fairyhouse run

The split between Willie Mullins and owners Gigginstown House Stud has been well documented, but, unfortunate as it is, it has happened and we must move on from it now.

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