Ruby Walsh

Racing Correspondent

Ruby Walsh: With doubts over leading fancies, Mohican Heights can profit at Epsom

Ruby Walsh: With doubts over leading fancies, Mohican Heights can profit at Epsom

This afternoon the Derby and Oaks at Epsom take centre stage before tomorrow at Chantilly the French equivalents clash with the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown.

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Ruby Walsh: After this week’s events it’s true to say that the real glory is in living

Ruby Walsh: After this week’s events it’s true to say that the real glory is in living

T here are times when writing something is a hell of a lot easier than saying it, or trying to say it, or just actually finding the words to say it. Be that in finding ...

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Ruby Walsh: A race every 25 minutes a sure bet to keep TV audience happy

Ruby Walsh: A race every 25 minutes a sure bet to keep TV audience happy

Some are great spectator sports: Rugby, soccer, and the GAA spring to mind. You can sit in a full stadium, soak in the atmosphere, and the action is right in front ...

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Ruby Walsh: Jessie can strike a blow for the over 70s

Ruby Walsh: Jessie can strike a blow for the over 70s

Last weekend was all about Newmarket and next week will be all about Royal Ascot, but last night and today the eyes of the racing world were and will be fixed on ...

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Ruby Walsh: Connections need to get the tactics right on Pinatubo

Ruby Walsh: Connections need to get the tactics right on Pinatubo

MONDAY is the D-day for racing here but, unlike last Monday in the UK, at least the racing at Naas kicks off with some bit of quality.

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Ruby Walsh: There's far more to racing than gambling

Ruby Walsh: There's far more to racing than gambling

It's only nine more sleeps till horse racing returns to action at Naas on June 8 and four more before Siskin will bid to win the Irish 2,000 Guineas for Ger Lyons ...

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Ruby Walsh: I fear a permanent closure or two could be coming

Ruby Walsh: I fear a permanent closure or two could be coming

The financial fallout from the Covid-19 lockdown will become more apparent as each sector reopens and tries to cope as a running business under the social distancing ...

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Ruby Walsh: Earlier start gives racing a huge period to showcase itself and grow

Ruby Walsh: Earlier start gives racing a huge period to showcase itself and grow

Irish racing got the break it was looking for and has been moved forward a phase in the reopening plan of the Covid-19 lockdown. Rumours were flying around all week ...

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Ruby Walsh: Testing key to recovery in sport and society

Ruby Walsh: Testing key to recovery in sport and society

The mantra from the World Health Organisation has been: ‘test, test, test’.

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Ruby Walsh: Chomping at the bit to get moving again

Ruby Walsh: Chomping at the bit to get moving again

Different sports across many jurisdictions are currently making plans for how they are going to “exit the Covid-19 restrictions”, which seems to be the ...

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Ruby Walsh: How we are going to move on is more of a blank canvass than a grey area

Ruby Walsh: How we are going to move on is more of a blank canvass than a grey area

I don’t know what we learned this week, but we figured out sports are exploring every avenue possible to resume activity once a government gives them the go-ahead ...

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Ruby Walsh: Longing for a normal Sunday service to return

Ruby Walsh: Longing for a normal Sunday service to return

So it began March 27 and, on April 10, was extended to May 5. Does that mean we have 16 days left or are we really going to have to wait for a vaccine against Covid-19 ...

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Ruby Walsh: So, what will things be like when incremental reverse kicks in?

Ruby Walsh: So, what will things be like when incremental reverse kicks in?

ON Easter Saturday, in the Irish racing world, we should be getting ready to break out again after being locked down for the whole of Good Friday as, like Christmas ...

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Ruby Walsh: HRI face tricky task in rescheduling National Hunt programme

Ruby Walsh: HRI face tricky task in rescheduling National Hunt programme

Things are changing daily on the Covid-19 front, the number of cases and, sadly, deaths are on the constant increase, but I think the government is doing pretty ...

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Ruby Walsh: Seeking positives and distractions from a big negative

Ruby Walsh: Seeking positives and distractions from a big negative

What does the future hold? We never knew anyway but right now, instead of hope and dreams, it most definitely holds fear and worry.

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Ruby Walsh: Thurles the unlikely hero in time of great uncertainty

Ruby Walsh: Thurles the unlikely hero in time of great uncertainty

I doubt anyone in the Moloney family or anyone in any way attached to Thurles racecourse would ever have thought the eyes of the racing world would turn solely on ...

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Ruby Walsh: Another magical Festival and another Irish celebration

Ruby Walsh: Another magical Festival and another Irish celebration

It’s all over. Hard to believe it, really. Such hype, such build-up. Will it be on? Won’t it be on? Well, it was on and it was fantastic, writes Ruby ...

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Ruby Walsh: Photo looking a picture for Gold Cup

Ruby Walsh: Photo looking a picture for Gold Cup

Well, it has finally come: Gold Cup day. The biggest day of the season. Well, I always felt it was. This year’s race, with a small field, looks to be quite ...

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Ruby Walsh: Stiff track will suit Colreevy

Ruby Walsh: Stiff track will suit Colreevy

We are at the halfway stage and I am starting to feel that riding may have been the easiest way to survive the Cheltenham Festival, writes Ruby Walsh.

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Ruby Walsh: Elliott holds the Allen key to a Ballymore banker

Ruby Walsh: Elliott holds the Allen key to a Ballymore banker

I must say I got the most enjoyment out of watching Barry Geraghty winning on Epatante yesterday, seeing his reaction and seeing just how much he enjoyed winning ...

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Ruby Walsh: Benie in better form than last year, so she gets vote

Ruby Walsh: Benie in better form than last year, so she gets vote

A new year, a new day and a new dawn. A microphone awaits me instead of a saddle and, even though the build-up to today seems to have dragged equally as long as ...

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Ruby Walsh: Dealing with good fortune is easy, coping with bad luck a bigger test

Ruby Walsh: Dealing with good fortune is easy, coping with bad luck a bigger test

When Paul Townend and Rachael Blackmore left the tarmac on the Dublin to Birmingham flight last night, both did so feeling very differently to how they felt taking ...

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Ruby Walsh: Proposed training centre could be a real winner

Ruby Walsh: Proposed training centre could be a real winner

I remembered, leaving Dublin on Tuesday night having attended my third Cheltenham preview evening of the week, why I made a conscious decision many years ago to ...

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Ruby Walsh: Frodon will struggle to win the Ryanair a second time

Ruby Walsh: Frodon will struggle to win the Ryanair a second time

What did we really expect leaving Cheltenham last year? When we looked at all the results, how did we think, 12 months down the line, those winners would fair back ...

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Ruby Walsh: Ciel de Niege looks great each-way bet at around 10-1

Ruby Walsh: Ciel de Niege looks great each-way bet at around 10-1

Last week was the start of the new race times – there were a good few of them in the UK - and I think, for people who were viewing racing on the whole, it ...

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Ruby Walsh: Aspire looks capable of towering above rivals in Spring Hurdle

Ruby Walsh: Aspire looks capable of towering above rivals in Spring Hurdle

So much will happen between lunch time today and dinner time tomorrow that looking backwards to last week and as far back as last weekend seems pointless with how ...

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Ruby Walsh: Hard to get away from Stormy Ireland

Ruby Walsh: Hard to get away from Stormy Ireland

From Willie Mullins’ point of view, Allaho in the Beginners’ Chase and Jon Snow and The Big Getaway in the maiden hurdles are the key horses this weekend. ...

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Ruby Walsh: Change some of the bigger meetings back to midweek

Ruby Walsh: Change some of the bigger meetings back to midweek

Veganuary and Operation Transformation are not running this weekend, they are running all month or for even longer.

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Ruby Walsh: Leopardstown, turn the taps on — now!

Ruby Walsh: Leopardstown, turn the taps on — now!

What What did we learn from the Christmas racing period? Lots we already knew, and a few things that we should have known.

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Ruby Walsh: A Christmas with a difference

Ruby Walsh: A Christmas with a difference

Christmas was different, very different. It only really dawned on me how different as I strolled through Dublin airport on St Stephen’s morning at 7.45 rather ...

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Ruby Walsh: Unexcepted unquestionably a St Stephen’s Day banker

Ruby Walsh: Unexcepted unquestionably a St Stephen’s Day banker

There’s a brilliant day’s racing to look forward to, with quality racing spread across the 10 meetings which are scheduled to take place in Ireland and ...

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Ruby Walsh: Although a one-off, Racing TV initiative is a welcome one

Ruby Walsh: Although a one-off, Racing TV initiative is a welcome one

There was good news this week for Irish racing fans with Racing TV revealing it would have a dedicated channel to show Ireland’s three meetings on St Stephen’s ...

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Ruby Walsh: A lot of what happened at Punchestown is so avoidable

Ruby Walsh: A lot of what happened at Punchestown is so avoidable

Last Sunday was a blustery day, a status orange weather warning was in place for a lot of west and southern counties but in racing the only storm was over the TV ...

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Ruby Walsh: How can we create more magical meetings?

Ruby Walsh: How can we create more magical meetings?

Quality. That’s all it takes it to attract a crowd.

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Racecourses need to up game so racing fans see product we want

Racecourses need to up game so racing fans see product we want

Last Saturday I went to Haydock to watch Eight And Bob run in a valuable three-mile handicap hurdle, he being owned by the Act D Wagg syndicate of which my wife, ...

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Cards now falling in Keith Donoghue’s favour

Cards now falling in Keith Donoghue’s favour

Whatever about horses going from one stable to another, for jockeys racing can be one big merry-go-round, and that was never more in evidence than it is right now.

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Unlike other sports, Irish racing really is a true worldwide success story

Unlike other sports, Irish racing really is a true worldwide success story

When I was in Ascot on Saturday watching the rugby and how disappointing it was after all the hype which surrounded it and the team, it got me thinking and comparing ...

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Racing needs to stop shooting itself in foot

Racing needs to stop shooting itself in foot

A sport has to unite to showcase itself, and there remains plenty of scope for improvement in that department in horse racing.

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Stratum can give Willie third Galway Hurdle win in last four years

Stratum can give Willie third Galway Hurdle win in last four years

The Guinness Galway Hurdle, a race I was lucky enough to win in 2016 on Clondaw Warrior, is the feature today and I think Stratum can give Willie Mullins a third ...

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Enda Bolger can provide answer to Galway Plate puzzle

Enda Bolger can provide answer to Galway Plate puzzle

Today’s Galway Plate looks a difficult puzzle and I’ve tried to unravel it by working backwards and scratching off those I think will not win, rather ...

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