Bank on Benie in champion hurdle

The National Hunt season that has just finished was a very strange one. At times it felt like the season would never get going as we waited and waited for the skies ...

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Nobody is irreplaceable, the show will go on…

I had no inkling that it was going to happen, but I must say I wasn’t entirely surprised to learn of Michael O’Leary’s decision to phase out his ...

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Before you start to go backwards, get off the pitch

How do you know when it’s over? In sport, every sportsperson has to keep trying to improve. Someone sets a standard - for me that was AP McCoy - and that was ...

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Why now is the right time to call it a day

After 24 very good years, yesterday I bowed out after winning the Punchestown Gold Cup on Kemboy.

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Rain will suit Bellshill, but Photo clearly the one to beat

I don’t understand the betting for today’s feature race, the Punchestown Gold Cup.

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Dream can cap great season with another win

I have some great rides to look forward on the opening day of the Punchestown festival, it’s a brilliant week and I can’t wait for it to get underway.

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Voix Du Reve primed for Ryanair take-off

The whole of Ireland is basking in beautiful sunshine but I’m doing a rain dance. It’s getting warm and dry now, and Fairyhouse is drying up and Punchestown ...

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Breaken can get the weekend off to a flyer

This weekend’s national hunt action takes place tomorrow and Willie has five runners to look forward to. He starts with Breaken, a recruit from France, where ...

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Great week for the stable, but a funny one for me

Funny sort of week. Great week for Willie and a brilliant week for Paul Townend, but it was a funny week for me.

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Tough choice, but progressive Bellshill is the one for me

I was out of luck with my rides yesterday but it was brilliant to see Any Second Now winning the last race for Dad. I was absolutely delighted for him.

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Front-runners can set it up nicely for Footpad in Ryanair

We drew a blank yesterday but most of the horses ran very well, writes Ruby Walsh.

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Ups and downs, highs and lows — yesterday had it all for me

Oh, the up and downs, the highs and lows of national hunt racing. Yesterday had it all for me. It was amazing to win the first race on Klassical Dream and to watch ...

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RUBY WALSH: Klassical can give me dream start in opener

At the 11th hour we switched Klassical Dream back to the Supreme and he’ll be my first ride of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival. We had contemplated going up in ...

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Saint poised to deliver

As has become fairly traditional for me at this stage, Willie has left me on the side-lines the weekend before Cheltenham.

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Greater scope to improve can see Formentera prevail

We’re very light on runners this weekend but that’s not unusual for us so close to Cheltenham. Being just seven or eight days out from the Festival, ...

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Fast Buck looks good for openers at Naas

It’s a reasonably quiet weekend for us and I’m sitting this one out. In any case, I wouldn’t be riding Farid, who runs in the second race, the ...

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Killultagh Vic looks poised to run a big race

Despite the small field, today’s Red Mills Chase at Gowran is a fascinating contest and I’m hopeful Killultagh Vic will run a big race.

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City Island can continue on upward curve at Naas

Equine Flu is the talk of racing at the moment. I don’t know what’s going to happen or what the repercussions might be. The BHA are obviously trying ...

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Camelia De Cotte will be very hard to beat

I was hoping I’d be heading to Heathrow and on to Ascot this morning but I’m not as Un De Sceaux is still in Closutton, says Ruby Walsh.

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Great White Shark looks ready to rock at Fairyhouse

It has become an all-too-familiar refrain now but we remain in some sort of limbo until we get a serious drop of rain. It’s good, good-to-yielding ground, ...

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Great to have Laurina finally back on track

I’m in Sandown today for just one ride and it’s one I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. It will be my first time riding Laurina in public ...

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Step up in trip to suit Dorrells Pierji

A busy end to a great four days at Leopardstown and Limerick, and I’m in the Dublin venue for three rides, the highlight of which is Melon in the Grade 1 Ryanair ...

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Getabird can make trip to Limerick worthwhile

After the festivities of the last few days, we’re now set for one of the best weeks of the year in racing, writes Ruby Walsh.

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Stay Humble should relish step up in trip

It’s a case of the calm before the storm, with one meeting this weekend, at Thurles, and Willie having just one runner, Stay Humble, which Paul rides.

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Fasola Tido set to run a very big race

With the ground the way it is, this is going to be another quiet weekend for the stable. There was rain due yesterday evening, more today and by tomorrow we could ...

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Tornado can get off to a Flyer

For the first time in a long time I’m heading across the pond to ride, and I’m very much looking forward to it, says Ruby Walsh.

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Samcro has fitness to flourish in Newcastle

Some say Samcro disappointed at Down Royal, where he was picked off by the fitter Bedrock (Rachael Blackmore), but Kennedy won’t be hanging around today, writes ...

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Haydock perfect track for Bite’s running style

There’s plenty of good racing on both sides of the Irish Sea this weekend but it’s a quiet couple of days for the stable, with the ground still riding ...

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