“The obvious one for me is Pinatubo. I know he’ll be short-priced but it will be interesting to see how he does develop from last year because he looked so good.
“Another one I would like to keep an eye on is Battaash as a sprinter. He’s got to be one of the favourites for all the big sprints and looks so good for the Kings Stand Stakes.
“Then maybe if Goshen who could go for the Ebor Handicap at York later in the summer or some of the other Cup races. He’s a runaway that doesn’t stop as he showed when well clear before falling at the last in the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham. Definitely one to keep an eye on this Flat campaign.”
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“Paddy has mentioned what’s obvious to people but I think if Willie Mullins’ Buildmeupbuttercup dropped back a bit in trip on the Flat, there could be a couple of big races in her.”
The boys also discussed when racing could be likely to resume, and Ruby is convinced Ireland is ready to get the on-track action underway as soon as the government gives the go-ahead.
“In Ireland, May 5 is the deadline for whether racing restrictions will be changed or not and the talk is that racing would be ready to come back at 10 days’ notice.
“Personally I would say that 10 days is at the most, but we could be ready even sooner if that was allowed.
Irish racing will do whatever the government suggests it should do, but it has the framework in place to run behind closed doors.
“It’s already had 10 meetings behind closed doors and it knows exactly what it has to do to run them. It knows what’s required so as soon as the government are happy to allow racing to recommence, it will. We’re ready to do it.
“With the experience it gained before the lockdown in knowing how many people you could cut out, and getting it right down to the bare essentials at meetings, with the minimum amount of people required, Irish racing is in a good place to restart whenever the government sees fit.”
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