Horse Racing Tips: Ruby Walsh’s 3 to see at Thurles on Sunday

Paddy Power ambassador & top pundit Ruby Walsh delivers his verdict on the action at Thurles on Sunday.

Ruby Walsh


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13:30 Colreevy

COLREEVY is still a novice so she has chasing options at the festival and there is one novice chase at Limerick the Sunday before Cheltenham which she qualifies for over 2m6f. That is a graded novices’ chase worth a pretty penny so there is also that option, depending on which way they decide to go with her.

The danger to her this weekend is her stable companion, Yukon Lil, who won well at Cork on her chasing debut. She beat Scarlet And Dove but then didn’t get home at Navan over two-and-a-half miles behind Fils D’Oudairies. But we saw him chase home Envoi Allen last weekend. Navan and Thurles are chalk and cheese so ridden with a bit more restraint and for speed, Yukon Lil could be the only one in this field to trouble Colreevy.

14:00 Allaho

I fancy ALLAHO. Watching back his RSA run from last year, he was always doing too much. He always wanted to go a stride faster and they were going pretty strongly as it was over 3m1f. Dropping back to two-and-a-half miles will really suit him. We couldn’t see the John Durkan but he finished behind Battleoverdoyen in the fog. We can only take reports at face value from that, but Battleoverdoyen was very good at Down Royal when he beat Easy Game and Samcro.

Elimay is the interesting one here for the Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase, as she will be heading down that road and gets the mares’ allowance in this race. She won here last year when she beat Cut The Mustard but Allaho is the one I like.




15:00 Gentlemansgame

This is the W.T. O’Grady’s Memorial Novice Hurdle for five-year-olds. It was won by Monkfish last year and Fighter Allen, Heather Rocco and Torygraph are all in it but the really interesting one is GENTLEMANSGAME. He absolutely bolted in at Cork on his first start this season and steps up in trip now from 2m to 2m7f. You had to be taken by his performance, ridden that day by Rachel Blackmore.

Robbie Power is back in Ireland now so he takes over. Fighter Allen was bitterly disappointing in Navan – I don’t know what the excuse was but he ran too bad to be true – and he’s a good yardstick so we’ll learn a bit more about Gentlemansgame here.

Ruby’s best bets at Thurles on Sunday

13:30 Colreevy
14:00 Allaho
15:00 Gentlemansgame

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