Royal Alphabet and Ruby romp home

Royal Alphabet under Ruby Walsh made an impressive debut over fences in the Killinan Beginners Chase in Thurles today.

Royal Alphabet under Ruby Walsh made an impressive debut over fences in the Killinan Beginners Chase in Thurles today.

The Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old was a leading novice hurdler in Ireland last season and was always prominent under Ruby Walsh, jumping fluently before taking a clear lead down the back straight.

Walsh took a look around in the home straight for dangers, and although he had to keep the 6-4 favourite up to his work, he was allowed to come home in his own time for a six-length victory.

Ladbrokes were impressed enough to cut the gelding to 12-1 from 20-1 for next year’s Irish Independent Arkle Chase.

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