Leave it to Luska

RUBY WALSH is the man to follow at Cork today where entry to the track will be free, should the meeting pass a 7.30 precautionary inspection this morning.

He partners Luska Lad in the Mitchelstown Hurdle and the dropped-in-class five-year-old cannot be opposed.

The four times bumper winner was simply out of his depth in a Grade 3 at Down Royal last time, having made a good start over jumps when scoring at Galway.

At Down Royal he ran well for a long way, before fading in the closing stages to finish a remote third behind the ultra-smart Voler La Vedette and Go Native. This is, to put it mildly, considerably easier.

Walsh’s mount, Rhyl Accord, is the nap choice to make a winning debut over flights in the INH Stallion Owners’ EBF Maiden Hurdle.

He’s obviously had a hold-up and hasn’t been seen since finishing a length and a half second behind Sweeps Hill at Leopardstown last Christmas.

We can be certain, however, that Willie Mullins will have him primed and ready for this test and he gets the nod ahead of Pay The Bounty and Ball Of Blue.

Mullins and Walsh can also combine to land the Newmarket three-year-old Maiden Hurdle with Doctor Deejay.

He ran a cracker when touched off by heavily-backed Cross Appeal at Thurles and was then subsequently disappointing when only third to Chebona Bula at Down Royal. In this class, he may be worth another chance.

The Bumper can fall to Guzzle An Go, trained by in-form Edward O’Grady. She was going to be placed first time out over hurdles at Wexford, contest won by Arabella Boy, but for falling at the last.

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