Bobs Pride can initiate Walsh double

IT can pay to follow champion jockey Ruby Walsh at Fairyhouse this afternoon.

Walsh has bright double prospects aboard Bobs Pride and Chicago Vic.

Bobs Pride is napped to set the ball rolling in the opening St Margarets Novice Hurdle.

Dermot Weld’s Marju gelding has been mixing it on the flat and over jumps of late, finishing a creditable second in a 10 furlongs conditions race at Navan last time.

A comfortable winner of a maiden hurdle at Listowel in September, Bobs Pride was clear of the remainder when runner-up behind Hide The Evidence in a novice event at Roscommon the following month.

Hide The Evidence followed up at Cork while Casey Jones, fifth at Roscommon, gave the form a further boost when going in at Down Royal last week.

Useful Flat handicapper Davorin went in first time of asking over flights at Punchestown last month. He is entitled to come on again but the Punchestown form has taken a few knocks in the meantime.

Chicago Vic can land the Kilbrew (Mares) Beginners Chase.

Eric McNamara’s seven-year-old turned in her best effort over fences so far when a close second behind Ballyagran, a winner again since, at Listowel in September. She won’t need to improve a great deal to land this prize.

Dessie Hughes, who turned out three winners in the last week, can strike again with Justpourit in the Herbertstown Novice Chase, despite reservations about the trip being on the sharp side.

A dual winner over flights, Justpourit made an encouraging debut over the larger obstacles at Punchestown last month.

Having his first run of the season, Justpourit was prominent for a long way before finishing fifth behind Mattock Ranger.

The form of the race is working out well with Gazza’s Girl and Patsy Hall, who finished third and seventh respectively, obliging in the meantime.

The Clover Hill Hurdle looks best left to the Noel Meade trained Cruzspiel.

Winner of the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot (at York) and unbeaten in two starts over flights when trained in England by James Fanshawe last season, Cruzspiel looks a cut above these rivals.

Wickford, a staying on third behind Stradbrook on his debut at Punchestown last month, should appreciate the extra two furlongs in the Black Hall INH Flat Race.

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