Djingle, Duca De Thaix, Ornua all look very good horses. Thosedaysaregone has been banging away on the Flat, Us And Them is a fair horse whenever it goes right for him, but I just think Henry de Bromhead’s horses have come back into form. For that reason Paloma Blue – who ran in Killarney in July and was third and was second at Leopardstown last Christmas – I think he could be the one here.
He doesn’t win that often, but I think he’s a really good jumper and this will suit him with two fences in the home straight quite close to the line. He gets a bit further than two miles and Wexford is stiff enough.
I just think, with a yard that’s starting to come back into form, they’ve had a couple of winners lately – Telmesomethingirl was very impressive at Bellewstown in the week – and I was always a believer when I was riding that you try and get on hot horses and Henry’s yard seems to be getting hot.
Make A Challenge is an incredible horse. I thought last week when he won at the Curragh that the plan there was more long term but they’ve put him out again. He handles soft ground, we know he gets a bit further than five furlongs so the stiff five at Navan should suit him.
Urban Beat has been very consistent but hasn’t been able to match Make A Challenge. Jungle Jane is quite fast, but will soft ground really suit her?
It’s all about Make A Challenge. He’s going to be hard to beat. He was so impressive the last day and just looks to be a bit better than the Irish sprinters.
The one I like here is Galileo Chrome. It was due to run in the Irish Derby but didn’t make that engagement. He’s won at Leopardstown and the Curragh.
We haven’t seen him since July when he was the short-priced favourite to win that day and he absolutely romped in over 10 furlongs. But, look, Joseph O’Brien did have him earmarked for the Irish Derby so he must think that stamina won’t be a problem if he steps up to a mile and five today and I think he could be the best horse in the race.
Ruby’s tips for Irish racing on Saturday
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