Ruby Walsh: My A-Z book of rides for Cheltenham 2019

Racing’s top jockey Ruby Walsh jumps into the festival of festivals in alphabetical form to give us his valuable insight on this year’s meeting…


A – is for Allaho. He’s got a decent chance in the Albert Bartlett, a race I’ve yet to win.

B – is for Bellshill. We’ve always thought he was a Cheltenham Gold Cup horse and let’s hope he proves us right.

C – is for Castlebawn West. An unexposed novice, who could go well in the Ballymore Novice Hurdle.

D – is for Duc De Genievres. Definitely has his chance in a wide-open Arkle Trophy.

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E – is for Elfile. Could be the dark horse in the Mares Novices’ Hurdle on Thursday.

F – is for Faugheen. He’s in great form and has a huge chance in the Stayers Hurdle.

G – is for Good Thyne Tara. Wouldn’t be without her chance in the QLBG Mares Hurdle.

H – is for Honeysuckle. The one I reckon we’ve all got to beat in the Mares Novices’ Hurdle.


I – is for Invitation Only. He was a great winner of the Thyestes Chase and has an each-way shout in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

J – is for Johnny Henderson Grand Annual. The horse I fancy in that race this year is Us And Them.

K – is for Klassical Dream. He’s got a right chance whatever race he runs in.

L – is for Laurina. She’s my Champion Hurdle ride and I certainly wouldn’t swap her for anything.


M – is for Min. He’s always run well at the festival and he goes there in great form again.

N – is for National Hunt Chase. I can’t ride in that race, but I’d be confident that Ballyward can go close.

O – is for Offside. I hope I don’t end up on the wrong side of England’s strict whip rules at the festival.

P – is for Pravalaguna. A mare on an upward curve and has each-way shout in whatever race she runs in.

Q – is for Quevega. While she won’t be lining up on Tuesday, I’ll be hoping Benie Des Dieux goes back-to-back in the Mares Hurdle. She’s my best ride of the week.

R – is for Real Steel. He’s won his last two chases and might be one of our dark horses over the four days.

S – is for Sharjah. The forgotten horse in the Champion Hurdle picture. Don’t rule him out.

T – is for Tiger Tap Tap. He hasn’t beaten Sir Erec yet, but he still might be each-way value in the Triumph Hurdle.

U – is for Un De Sceaux. If the rain comes, his Ryanair Chase rivals better watch out.

V – is for Voix Du Reve. Would have an outside chance in the JLT Chase on his best form.

W – is for Whiskey Sour. He’s got plenty of options, but he might be a sneaky one in the County Hurdle.

X – is for Xenephon. He won the Coral Cup back in the day and I reckon Uradel might be the one to give me my first win in the race if he gets a run.

Y – is for Yorkhill. What I’d do to have him back but in the JLT Chase, a race he won a couple of years ago, I reckon Defi Du Seuil will take some stopping.

Z – is for Zero. Which is a number I haven’t had to worry about since 2002, and I’m hoping it won’t happen this year either!

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