Ruby Walsh: My info on Willie’s Friday runners and a look ahead to the Eclipse

Ruby Walsh shares his thoughts on Willie Mullins' hopes for Friday at Bellewstown and Wexford before looking ahead to Saturday's big one at Sandown...

Friday – 19:50 Bellewstown

Hey Little Boy was going well for the time we saw him at Gowran Park before he fell. But it was a long way from home when he fell, so it’s hard to know with him on that one. But he’s on good form and none the worse for that tumble – you’d have to think he has a good shout in this one.

Friday – 20:45 Wexford

Little Nugget is only a handy little filly. She has been going well enough and should appreciate the nice ground but she’s small – there’s not much of her – so can’t be worked particularly hard at home. We’re a little bit in the dark in relation to her.

14:10 Sandown: The Eclipse

If all eight entries run to their ability it will be an excellent race. In theory, Masar sets the standard having run well at times, winning the Epsom Derby and going well in the 2000 Guineas. He progressed from the Guineas to the Derby where Saxon Warrior didn’t.

Based on the Irish Derby you could argue Saxon Warrior has gone further backwards. It’s a big ask for him, seven days after going in the Curragh. There’s a genius training him, Aidan O’Brien, and he’s not running just to make up the numbers.

Elsewhere for Aidan, Cliffs of Moher ran okay at Ascot, where he turned in pretty much the same performance on both days. He has to improve. O’Brien also has Happily, who’s a good filly, but it has been a long time since a filly won the Eclipse.

The drop back in trip from Epsom might suit Roaring Lion but a lot of his form ties in with that of Saxon Warrior, so I think Masar has the edge on them all. For me, he’s definitely the one for Charlie Appleby and William Buick.

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