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Ruby Walsh: My best rides for Leopardstown today

Top jockey Ruby Walsh gives us the lowdown on the big Paddy Power day at the famous course

12.15pm

I’m on Meri Devie first in today’s Paddy Power Maiden Hurdle at Leopardstown at 12.15pm. She’s a lovely filly who works very well.

She comes from a flat yard in France, she’ll run really well. It’s hard to see her winning though with the likes of Housesofparliament and Sword Fighter in the race.

Housesofparliament was the talk of Leopardstown yesterday, he’s a very good horse on the flat. He’ll be very hard to beat, but Meri Devie comes in as second favourite and wouldn’t put anyone off backing her.

12.45pm

I’m riding Bacardys in the next Maiden Hurdle at 12.45pm and think he’s got a great chance.

He’s up against Henry de Bromhead’s Capital Force who ran a blinder on his debut over hurdles. He’s obliviously a good horse, but Bacardys was a very good bumper horse last year. He was travelling well in Cork when he over-jumped the third last and he should be able to make amends today.

Kolumbus will run a good race, but we wouldn’t have him in the same league as Bacardys.

 

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Douvan, 1.20pm

I didn’t ride Douvan at Cork as Willie Mullins wanted me to ride Djakadam at Punchestown so Paul Townend was aboard.

Very impressive in the Grade 2 Hilly Way Chase at Cork where he carried a penalty but the Paddy Power Cashcard has is a Grade One contest so they’ll all be off level weights.

He won in Cork by 22 lengths so what we’ll be hoping for first is a clear round and the rest should take care of itself.

1.55pm

I’m taking a stab in the dark with Riven Light in the 1.55pm PP Future Champions Hurdle. The four-year old is very quick at home, but it’s a very competitive race.

I also believe Saturnas is a wrong price, I very easily could have ridden him today. He’s the each-way value here.

3pm

I just hope The Crafty Butcher has enough speed to stay in a reasonable position in the first mile of the 3pm Paddy Power Chase.

He got outpaced in Navan in a hurdle race. He may be a good jumper, but he’s going to need a fair bit of luck to keep himself in the contest.

The Crafty Butcher doesn’t have the early pace to get himself in a good position, he’ll get himself back in the field and it will come down to if I can get myself a good passage through all of them in the last mile of the race.

He seems to be in good form, but I think he’s going to need to be very fortunate to win.

Rogue Trader was a very good winner the last day, Peoples Park has to have a chance and you’d definitely throw Killer Miller in there. I like Willie’s other one Sambremont as well, I wouldn’t put anyone off him either!

What do you think?