Ruby Walsh: Teacher’s Pet can score top marks at Leopardstown on Sunday

No runners for Team Mullins on Sunday but Ruby Walsh dropped by to give us opinion. He's good like that ...


Leopardstown Sunday 2.10

Oscars Den won well for my dad Ted at Navan but is a good bit ‘wrong’ at the weights with Tombstone. They run off level weights, but there’s 19lb in the difference on their ratings in Tombstone’s favour. He looks up against it and if Tombstone was to run anywhere near his rating – he’ll be hard to beat.

Leopardstown Sunday 2.40

Licklighter has been very consistent, although he doesn’t get his head in front too often. He last run was at Galway when second to Felix Desjy and if reproducing that form could be hard enough to beat here.

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Leopardstown Sunday 3.10

Cliff House has bits and pieces of form and changed trainers to Dot Love last year and has been mixing codes. One that will love the ground to stay on the quick side is My Manekineko who was third at Gowran Park last time. Again, it’s been a lot time between drinks for him

Western Sea has disappointed a little bit on his last two starts. However, he could have a chance with Rachael Blackmore aboard if he settles better.

Leopardstown Sunday 3.45

Cater McKay used to be with Willie Mullins and was decent enough in his day but has struggled recently. Noel Meade’s Aint Dunne Yet was in front at the last at Fairyhouse last time, but was hampered by a faller and unseated Sean Flanagan.

He can gain compensation here.


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Leopardstown Sunday 4.15

This looks the race of the day despite there being just eight runners. Jett heads the weights but further down the field is Gordon Elliott’s Dakota Moirette who tipped up at the last, in the race Aint Dunne Yet was hampered in. If Aint Dunne Yet runs a big race in the 3.45pm that would be a fair pointer to Dakota Moirette’s chance.

The one I think can go well is Teacher’s Pet. She was third to Pravalaguna at Naas in a Mares Listed Chase and that should have teed her up nicely.

Leopardstown Sunday 5.20

The winners’ bumper that concludes the card, ironically, doesn’t have any winners in it. It’s hard to call. Patrick Mullins rides Dewcup for my dad, Ted who goes well at home, but there’s not a lot of bumper horses at home to compare him with.

Noel Meade has already won one of these four-year-old bumpers this season and saddles Sixshooter while Jamie Codd riding Soviet Pimpernel is an eye-catching booking. The market may be the best guide as usual in the bumper.

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