Ruby Walsh: I’m raring to go at Limerick and hoping for a good Spin at Navan

The top jock returns with two rides at Limerick and gives us the low-down on Willie Mullins' Cesarewitch hopes


Limerick 1.50pm

My first ride back is on Getareason at and I hope I’ve picked the right one as Willie also saddles Calie Du Mesnil and Sapphire Lady.

I got my recent fall off Sapphire Lady at Killarney. With 10-9 on her back she must have a chance. Calie Du Mesnil actually beat Sapphire Lady in Galway but was disappointing behind Awayinthewest (who runs in the third race) on her next run there.

We think Getareason is an improving sort but he’ll have to jump a bit slicker than he has been Hopefully he will and can get the job done.

Limerick 3pm

Good Thyne Tara is a classy filly who has won a couple of races and finished sixth in the Galway Hurdle. That 2m trip may have been a bit sharp for her, but we think she’ll see out the 2m 6f trip today.

She ran Samcro to half a length in a bumper once, so hopefully she can get me a win on the board today.


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Limerick 4.10

Montalbano is in really good form and won a chase at Ballinrobe last month. It looks a match between him and Gordon Elliott’s Tombstone who should come on for his run at Gowran Park last weekend.

Tombstone is rated 2lbs higher, so Paul Townend’s mount gets 2lbs today off him today. If the handicapper is right, they should be running to the finishing line together and hopefully Paul comes out on top.

Limerick 4.45

I don’t think there’s a Total Recall – who I won the Munster National on last season – in this year’s race but Our Father is having his first run for Gordon Elliott having been with David Pipe. He’s a 12-year-old but a change of stable might just light his fire.

Navan 4.25

We had the first two home in the Newmarket version yesterday and we’ve another seven runners in the Irish Cesarewitch this afternoon. Of the seven, Makitorix and Pleasure Dome look the two most unexposed runners of ours.

However, Legal Spin rather better than his finishing position suggested at Leopardstown behind Limini on Champions Day and three-year olds have a great record in the Irish Cesarewitch unlike the UK equivalent. His half-brother Laws of Spin won this race.

He could be worth an each-way interest at a fair price.

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What do you think?