Ruby poised for four-timer

RUBY WALSH has a powerful book of rides at Navan this afternoon and it will be a major surprise should he leave empty-handed.

RUBY WALSH has a powerful book of rides at Navan this afternoon and it will be a major surprise should he leave empty-handed.

He partners Drumfire for Eoin Griffin in the opening Navan Maiden Hurdle and the six-year-old is nap material. The selection was last seen when contesting a Listed event at the Curragh last month.

Johnny Murtagh made a lot of use of him and it was no surprise he faded in the closing stages to finish fourth behind Rajik.

Previously, however, Drumfire indicated he had a future at this game when making his debut over flights at the Galway Festival.

He ran a cracker to be beaten half a length into second by Universal Truth and gets the vote to land a contest which is certain to throw up a number of future winners.

Walsh can guide Dermot Weld’s Bobs Pride to success in the Le Grande Chase. Bobs Pride was in action at Roscommon five days ago when third behind Farringdon and Alpha Ridge. A combination of two miles and six and conceding the first two 12lbs caught him out then and this looks easier.

Walsh has other possibilities, chief among them Araucaria and Sivota. Araucaria was a useful bumper horse and can get off the mark over jumps at the first time of asking in the Racing Again Wednesday 6th October Mares’ Maiden Hurdle.

Sivota has easily the best of the weights in the Albany Hurdle and is fancied to build on the big impression made when winning a handicap at the Punchestown Festival in April by nine lengths.

At Gowran Park today, the tough She’s Our Mark, beaten a short head by Michael Stoute’s Eleanora Duse in a Group 2 at the Curragh last time, is the choice in the Group 3 Denny Cordell Lavarack Lanwades Stud Fillies Stakes.

Aidan O’Brien can take both divisions of the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Maiden with Long Live The King and Obligation.

Long Live The King, who stayed on well late behind A Word Apart at Leopardstown, gets the vote in the first, while Obligation, narrowly beaten by Rising Wind at Listowel, can oblige in the second.

The exciting Casamento will be worth more than a cursory glance in the Group 2 Juddmonte Beresford Stakes at the Curragh tomorrow.

He looked a horse with a real future when winning his maiden at Tipperary and emerged with real credit, stepping way up in class, when beaten a head by Pathfork in the Group 1 National Stakes at headquarters subsequently.

Chrysanthemum may have been a 25-1 shot but was impressive when winning a Listed race first time out at the Curragh and can go in again in the CL Weld Park Stakes.

At Clonmel tomorrow Cyborg, who has been performing reasonably on the flat of late, gets the nap in the Novice Hurdle. The last time Cyborg ran over flights he beat Ballyadam Brook at Ballinrobe in May and that form could hardly have worked out any better.


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