Ruby Walsh: My dark horse for the National Hunt season and last weekend’s eye catchers

Ruby has had his say.

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Ruby Walsh has shed some light on who he is backing to make an impact over the jumps this season – and also revealed which horses caught his eye during last weekend’s action.

Galileo Chrome stepped up in trip at Navan to comfortably record his third win from three attempts this season, while Western Victory impressed Ruby in defeat to Paloma Blue at Wexford.

And speaking on the latest edition of Paddy Power’s From The Horse’s Mouth podcast, the former top hock delivered his verdict.

“I thought there were a couple to watch from the weekend,” Ruby said.

Galileo Chrome in Navan under Shane Crosse for Joseph O’Brien looked a real St Leger horse in the making when he won the Yeats Stakes.

Western Victory is worth keeping an eye on, as she finished runner-up to Paloma Blue at Wexford. She’ll be hard to beat in a Mare’s Novice Chase at Listowel in a fortnight’s time.”

Competing over 1m 5f, Galileo Chrome went past Emperor Of The Sun two furlongs out and drew clear of the field on the run to the post.

The three-year-old is due to run in the Irish St Leger at the Curragh, and will be hoping to make it four wins from four this term.

As for Western Victory, the Declan Queally-trained mare made steady progress through the pack and was second with two left to jump, but was ultimately unable to mount a sustained challenge for victory on soft ground.

That performance did not go unnoticed by Ruby and he was also asked who he likes the look of ahead of the new National Hunt season, that will start to ramp up this month..

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“A dark horse for the National Hunt season would be Willie Mullins’ Saint Roi,” he said.

“I thought he was impressive when winning the County Hurdle and I think he’ll stay hurdling. He could progress through the ranks.”

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