Ruby Walsh: Tornado Flyer looking to spin through tough field

It's slim pickings on the racing front on the first Sunday of January, but Ruby's got a ride in the Grade 1 race at Naas against some quality competition...


After the Christmas craic it’s a quiet Sunday for Ruby and Willie Mullins, but we got his thoughts on the prospects for Willie’s two runners at Naas, where Ruby’ll saddle up Tornado Flyer in the big race of the day.

But before that there’s a sizable field for the day’s opener, where Queens Boulevard will carry the Mullins challenge.

Mr Everest (no.21) and John Egan wins the November Handicap.
Photo: Patrick McCann/Racing Post 03.11.2018

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12:50 – Naas

“Paul Townend is on Queens Boulevard for us in the two-mile maiden hurdle at Naas (12:50). She was no match for the Jessica Harrington mare Barrington Court at Navan in a bumper previously.

Barrington Court was third to Relegate subsequently over hurdles, and is in the field for this one too, so Queens Boulevard has a fair bit to climb on her based on the bumper form.”

Navan Sun 25 November 2018
Barrington Court ridden by Mark O’Hare winning The Coolmore NH Sires Irish EBF Mares Flat Race

13:50 – Naas

“I’m on Tornado Flyer in this one. He’s pretty short for this race and it’s a very competitive field.

“Gordon Elliott’s Battleoverdoyen is a fair horse, and so is Lone Wolf at 9/1.

“Our horse is in good form, Tornado Flyer, but he’s 6/4. I don’t think Come To Me should be five times the price he is.

Tornado Flyer and Ritchie Deegan wins the Racing Post Champion I.N.H Flat Race for the Conyngham Cup (Grade 1).
Photo: Patrick McCann 25.04.2018

“They both won maiden hurdles on the very same day back in December, one at Punchestown and one at Cork, and they were both very impressive doing it, so one of them doesn’t deserve to be 6/4 if the other is up around 8/1.”

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