Ruby Walsh: This 4/1 shot is the only Leopardstown invitation you need

Racing's top jockey leaps into a busy final day at the Dublin Racing Festival…


Flogas Novice Chase

Invitation Only (4/1) was very good in his last outing when winning at Punchestown and there’s no reason he shouldn’t uphold the form that beat Koshari that day in the Flogas Novice Chase at 3pm.

Koshari’s jumping will improve from that experience, but I reckon the galloping track will advance Invitation Only even more. If I was able to race, I’d possibly have picked Invitation Only.

I was really taken with him, he was a really good horse last year and he’s going the right way over fences.

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For his part, I thought Al Boum Photo looked home and hosed at Limerick on St Stephen’s Day before he tripped up at the last and despite that mistake, that was a good run by him.

As for Rathvinden, for one reason or another we haven’t got to see the best of him lately, the Drinmore Novice Chase turned into a bit of a sprint on him and then he got brought down at Christmas after that.

Having said that, however strong we think we are in the Mullins yard, when you throw in Sutton Place and Monalee – this is some race! Sutton Place likes a dig in the ground, it will be interesting to see how he gets on.

William Fry Handicap Hurdle

Total Recall seems to be in great order, but he’s thrown into this. He’s a very good jumper of hurdles, but not every horse jumps a hurdle as good as he gets over a fence.

However, you’d imagine with the ability this fella has he should be able to get away with it on a mark of 125 in the William Fry Handicap Hurdle (2.25pm).

Elsewhere, Racing Pulse has a bit to prove to me. He ran a bit better in Navan than he did in Cork alright, but he’d have to move forward a lot to challenge Total Recall.

Irish Gold Cup

It’s interesting that Paul Townend has chosen to ride Killultagh Vic, of the two of Willie Mullins’ runners in the Irish Gold Cup (3.35pm), he’s the most underexposed.

In your head, you’d go Killultagh Vic. But, the ratings tell you that he’s got 12 or 13lbs to find with Djakadam.

I know Djakadam ran a stinker last time, but I don’t think one bad outing means you’re gone. Ratings wise Killultagh Vic has a fair bit to do, he’s got more potential than what’s proven at the moment.

He’s a horse with huge ability and in his last run over fences he picked himself off the floor to win at Leopardstown. It’s great to have him back and this is a massive test for him.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Djakadam bounced back, he’s the value and I’m telling you someday he’s going to pop up and bite everyone on the ass.

Chanelle Pharma Handicap Chase

It’s not surprising Polidam came here for the Chanelle Pharma Handicap Chase at 4.10pm. I believe he’s got a great chance.

The trip should suit him, so will the track and he’s in good form since Christmas time.

As for Arbre De Vie, the drying ground might be to his liking – but he just doesn’t win enough.

Tattersalls Ireland Spring Juvenile Hurdle

Mr Adjudicator travelled and quicken up well to win here in December, but I’ve been taken by Espoir D’Allen all season and until someone lowers his colours, I have the utmost respect for him in the Tattersalls Ireland Spring Juvenile Hurdle at 1.15pm.

Farclas, who people are tipping up and Mr Adjudicator have a bit of catching up to do to get to Espoir D’Allen’s level. When all is said and done, he’s ran four times in Ireland and won each time.

That has me mightily impressed with him…

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