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Ruby Walsh joined Paddy Power on the latest episode of our From The Horse’s Mouth podcast to run the antepost rule over Royal Ascot‘s biggest races.
The Gold Cup on Ladies Day is always one of the most eagerly-anticipated renewals. Stradivarius is chasing a fourth successive win but legendary jockey Ruby believes the mount of Frankie Dettori is “vulnerable”.
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Stradivarius is an amazing horse but he’s a seven-year-old colt and they’re hard horses to train.
As they get older they’ve got more testosterone in them, they’ll be carrying a lot more weight and they’ll have to do more mileage to get fitter.
He did look coltish on a couple of occasions last year and it just doesn’t get any easier. That’s why you see so few of them racing at that age.
It will be getting harder to keep his mind on the job but if you keep upping the workload you still have to keep them sweet enough to accept that and be wanting to race.
It becomes a difficult job to train them. It’s just not straightforward.
You could argue Stradivarius was off the boil and went up and down in trips towards the end of last year. He came back with a good win when he beat Ocean Wind at Ascot in April which was a really good run.
I was always hoping Anthony Van Dyck would go this trip but he never did and I hope they give Tiger Moth or Santiago a go. I’m a big Tiger Moth fan and he was second in the Melbourne Cup, he’s a fair horse.
If I had to pick between the two I’ll go with Santiago as an each-way play.
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