Ruby Walsh - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

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


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. 


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.

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.


RUBY WALSH: Open Eagle set tofly high

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

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.