Ruby Walsh has been studying a packed Sunday of action and picked out his best bets from some high-quality cards at The Curragh and Longchamp.
Speaking on the latest episode of Paddy Power’s From The Horse’s Mouth podcast, Ruby revealed his top tips which include a debut Group 1 winner for trainer Denis Hogan.
I think you have to give LEMISTA a chance. She won at The Curragh last time out, beating Lovelier, and before that she beat Come September at Gowran Park.
She’s progressing through the ranks, going up to a mile and a quarter and it’s definitely a weekend that Ger Lyons isn’t going to leave empty-handed so you can definitely make a case for Lemista.
Everyone says SERPENTINE was a lucky winner in the Derby, and he got away with it because this, that and the other happened. I think the clock says something a little bit different.
I think he was the best horse in the race and I’m going to take that win at face value. I might be one of the very few who do, but I think he’ll win the Grand Prix de Paris.
This is the first time the Flying Five is a Group 1, and it’s the first open Group 1 sprint in Ireland. Obviously we would love it if Battaash is here, but he’s not.
MAKE A CHALLENGE is definitely the best sprinter in Ireland now Sceptical sadly isn’t around any more and I think Denis Hogan has some knack with training sprinters this year. Joe Doyle rides this horse with incredible confidence and I will most certainly be shouting for him. I hope he’s having one of his real ‘going’ days.
You listen to Jean-Claude Rouget, who is an absolute master of his profession, and he is talking RAABIHAH up as a possible Arc contender, along with Love, to take on Enable. If that’s the case, Raabihah is going to be impossible to beat here because what price would Love or Enable be in this contest.
Even So was good in the Irish Oaks but I’d be a believer in what Jean-Claude Rouget says and I’d be sticking with Raabihah here.
It’s all happening here, and I think it’s Jessica Harrington vs Aidan O’Brien vs Charlie Appleby myself. I think it’s Lucky Vega, BATTLEGROUND and Master Of The Seas.
Master Of The Seas has come in via the Pinatubo route. He won this race last year for Charlie Appleby and William Buick when he absolutely ran away from the opposite.
But I am a Battleground fan. I love the way he ground it out at Ascot and I think he’s tough as boots. I think Aidan O’Brien can’t have at least one that isn’t a Group 1 horse and I think this fella could be. He won at Goodwood, and gets seven furlongs well. There’s no end to possibly how far he can go. I know he was behind Lucky Vega on debut but Battleground has done nothing but improve since and I’m going with Aidan here.
I think MICRO MANAGE had improved for his comeback run at The Curragh in the Leger Trial. He ran really well to finish third, and travelled extremely well through the race. He did get tired but we think he’s improved a bit fitness-wise since that run. That one was behind Delphi. We think he’ll get the trip – that was a mile and six furlongs that day – and he’s in really good form. He’s a double-figure price and I think he’s a great each-way bet.
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Ruby Walsh’s bet summary – Sunday, September 13
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