RUBY WALSH: Longer trip looks sure to suit Next Destination

It’s Gold Cup day in Punchestown and while I don’t know if we’ll have the race we had last year, with Sizing John, Djakadam and Coneygree providing a brilliant spectacle, it’s still a great race.

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RUBY WALSH: Gripping finale lies in store

After a seemingly endless spell of testing ground, the weather has finally changed and the forecast for next week is for mainly dry weather, with the odd shower of rain, writes Ruby Walsh.

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RUBY WALSH: Classy Total Recall the one to beat

Great and all as the Irish, Scottish and Welsh versions are, nothing quite compares with the Aintree Grand National.

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RUBY WALSH: Aintree fences and trip likely to suit Polidam

The Topham Chase next Friday has been Polidam’s aim for a while now and he’s in really good order, writes Ruby Walsh

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RUBY WALSH: Heartache for me but another superb week for Irish racing

It has been another incredible week for Willie and for him to become the leading trainer in Cheltenham Festival history is nothing short of remarkable, writes Ruby Walsh. But it’s no surprise to me, he is a genius.

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RUBY WALSH: Killultagh Vic could be a big player in Gold Cup

It’s tough not being a part of the action on Gold Cup day, but that’s my lot for this Festival, unfortunately, writes Ruby Walsh.

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RUBY WALSH: Ruby's Tips: I knew the moment I fell I was in a bit of trouble

After the highs of Tuesday, I suffered the lows of racing when falling from Al Boum Photo in yesterday’s RSA Chase.

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RUBY WALSH: Ruby Walsh: Exceptional Douvan looks back to himself

Yesterday was a great day, a very emotional day, a day that I owe to a lot of people.

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RUBY WALSH: Willie plays it safe in risk versus reward stakes

In keeping with other years, Willie wasn’t really keen on me riding this weekend, and when Lareena won it took a bit of pressure off everybody, so I’m sitting out the remainder of the week.

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RUBY WALSH: Next week is pivotal for finalising Cheltenham prep

The country has almost ground to a halt, and so has racing, but being so close to the Cheltenham Festival it’s crucial that the horses continue to get their exercise.

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