Ruby Walsh: My shrewd selections for Thursday’s evening races

Our champion jockey Ruby Walsh gives us some transatlantic tips for Thursday evening, starting with Killarney then flying to New York...


17:30 – Killarney

Exchange Rate has a great draw. The drop back to 1m6f from the two-and-a-half-mile novice hurdle will really suit him. Rachael Blackmore rides Meri Devie. She got a good tune out of her over hurdles, hopefully she can do similar on the flat.

Law Girl was a good winner at Gowran last week and the extra two furlongs should suit her, but Danny is quite confident about Gustavus Vassa, he thinks he was caught too far back in a slow race at Galway and really fancies his chances.

The better ground tonight could suit him too.

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Nessum Dorma dictated the race at Galway and Danny thought he was too far back, so he’s looking forward to having another go on him tonight.

18:00 – Saratoga

I’ve never ridden here, I wouldn’t mind doing it. This is a proper race course – some of the American venues are a bit like upgraded point-to-points – and it’s a fast track, it’s very quick and I think it will suit The Game Changer over Clarcam.

It can suit front-runners. It’s dead level too. If they go a bit quick they can close as well. For a 2m4f race you need a two-mile horse, that’s the kind of speed you need, stamina isn’t so important.

In Ireland, in a normal two-and-a-half-mile race you’d want Clarcam every day of the week, but at Saratoga, I’d be going for The Game Changer.

18:30 – Killarney

Wicklow Brave’s doing very little wrong at the moment – he’s going for a hat-trick here – and this looks like a really good opportunity for him to stick his head in front again. The conditions of the race really favour him too.

He doesn’t really look like much a betting proposition, but he should be very, very hard to beat.

19:00 Killarney

I’ve ridden Sam King a few times for my dad. He’s found it hard enough to win, only winning one race, a maiden hurdle in Downpatrick. He’s in a handicap now having been run in differents races, beginners chases and the like. He’s in good form, he’ll run his race, but he struggles to win.

A lot of horses in this race would be the same though.

Tisamystery is a proven two-miler and likes it around Killarney. There’s the McManus runner that Mark Walsh rides for Padraig Roche as well, Act In Time. He could be the one they all have to beat.

20:00 – Killarney

De Plotting Shed is the one to beat. I’m on Cap DAubois. He was flattered when he got so close to Death Duty in Tipperary. He did run well in Fairyhouse behind a couple of ours then and is in good form, but De Plotting Shed will be hard to beat in all honesty.

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