Ruby Walsh names Cheltenham Festival favourite that could become a superstar

Our expert Ruby has his say!


Paddy Power expert Ruby Walsh believes a Cheltenham Festival favourite is destined for greatness.

The four-day fiesta always has the potential to produce shocks and provides a great platform for future National Hunt stars. Eyes are already on the contenders across this year’s meeting despite it being a month away.

Trials Day in January provided the final opportunity to see the runners and riders battle it out on the Cheltenham turf before the Fez and one horse, in particular, impressed Ruby.

Speaking on the latest episode of our Cheltenham Countdown series – which you can watch below, FYI – Ruby believes Triumph Hurdle market leader Sir Gino is the most exciting prospect for the future. You can check out the latest Cheltenham Festival odds on the Paddy Power website and Paddy Power app.

Ruby Walsh:

The next big thing could be Sir Gino – the way he won on Trials Day at Cheltenham, but even to look at him, he’s not your atypical ex-flat juvenile hurdler.

He looks like a National Hunt horse – his size, he looks like a horse that could be a chaser down the line. Next year will be tricky for him, but I do think he’s a horse that allowed to develop could become a superstar.

Sir Gino Triumph Hurdle (Non Runner Money Back)

[If I had to pick a race and a horse to be on at this year’s Cheltenham Festival] Galopin Des Champs is an obvious one in the Gold Cup after what he did at the weekend [at the Dublin Racing Festival].

You’d have to think Lossiemouth in the Mares’ Hurdle and Dinoblue in the Mares’ Chase – there are three that are all going to be favourites which you wouldn’t mind riding if you had a desire to be a jockey.

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