Ruby Walsh - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

RUBY WALSH: Val De Ferbet can defy top weight

The ground wasn’t as slow as I thought it would be yesterday and it had an impact on all my rides, writes Ruby Walsh. 

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RUBY WALSH: No stamina worries with Hurricane Fly as he goes into battle once more with old foe Jezki

It is Round Four for the season in Ireland between Hurricane Fly and Jezki but it is a battle with a difference this time, taking place over three miles in the World Hurdle (5.30). 

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RUBY WALSH: Classy Shaneshill can go one better

Things didn’t all go to plan yesterday but you won’t complain with two winners nonetheless. I picked the wrong one big time in the Champion Chase and my hope that Champagne Fever might reproduce his best form proved unfounded. It was 50-50 with Felix Yonger and it didn’t surprise me that he stuck it out so well in the end.

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RUBY WALSH: Douvan primed to deliver again in Champion Novice

Punchestown is one of the most important weeks of the year and just like Cheltenham, it starts for me with Douvan (4.20). He seems in really good form and is coming off a brilliant performance in winning the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

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RUBY WALSH: Celebrate AP rather than mourn his exit

AP McCoy calls time on the most successful career in the history of jump racing today and I would have made sure I was in Sandown for it to join in on the celebrations, whether I had a ride or not, writes Ruby Walsh

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RUBY WALSH: Gentleman has perfect profile for Irish Grand National

I am happy to be riding Perfect Gentleman in the BoyleSports Irish Grand National on Monday. I think he has the right profile for the race and 10-10 is a lovely weight.

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RUBY WALSH: Ideal opportunity for Jarry to come good

The flat season gets under way tomorrow and there will be plenty focus on the public gallops that many of the Ballydoyle hopefuls will be doing after racing at the Curragh.

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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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