Walsh set for winning return on Thaix

RUBY WALSH, absent since fracturing his hip at the Listowel Festival in the middle of September, can make a triumphant return aboard Thaix in the Clover Hill Hurdle at Fairyhouse this afternoon.

Michael O’Brien’s gelding hasn’t been seen since Leopardstown at Christmas and his fitness has to be taken on trust. Horses from this yard, however, nearly always strip fit and ready to do themselves justice and it isn’t a major worry!

The six-year-old has only ever run twice, making his debut for Eddie Hales at Punchestown in April of last year in a winners’ bumper.

The selection showed a degree of promise, finishing eighth of 17 behind Supreme Developer.

He then reappeared at Leopardstown in December, this time in the care of O’Brien. Thaix looked a possible star of the future that day, scoring unextended by six lengths, despite repeatedly jumping to his right.

The right-handed Fairyhouse track should be ideal and he can prove too good for Florida Coast and Super Run.

Louisville, successful on the level for Aidan O’Brien, gets the vote in the Herbertstown Maiden Hurdle.

He didn’t exactly set the world alight for Noel Meade last season, but at least finished on a reasonably promising note when three lengths second to Eagles High at Navan in March.

Despite facing a large number of opponents, a case can be made for very few and Louisville may be worth supporting, particularly if the market speaks in his favour.

Golfeur, on the missing list since easily winning a maiden hurdle at Gowran Park in April of last year, can take the Kilbrew Beginners ’Chase.

This is a woeful contest and prior to that Gowran victory, Golfeur had three spins over fences.

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