Ruby Walsh has picked out five selections who could come good in meetings at York and Newmarket on Saturday.
Speaking on the latest episode of Paddy Power’s twice-weekly From The Horse’s Mouth podcast, our resident jockey-turned-pundit is hoping to see plenty of success as the Flat season reaches its conclusion.
I would say this is the first horse I can remember for the Moyglare Stud Farm being trained at Ballydoyle, and KYPRIOS was a good winner at Galway. Flying Visit finished third that day, and he went to Listowel and won – even though he tried to throw the race away! I thought Flying Visit was also a good second in a competitive nursery at Thurles on Thursday.
I’d say Kyprios’ form is pretty strong and hopefully he’s improved from his first start. Stepping up to 10 furlongs on his second start but he got a mile well in Galway so he should stay well.
I like BLACKROD. He won really well on his last start when he beat Out The Hat. Out The Hat is now rated 87, and if you’re even looking further down Light Refrain is rated 87. Blackrod has an official rating of 88, but the horse he beat has a rating of 88 so I think you can mark up Blackrod. He’s the one for me.
I’m not sure how you pronounce Van Gogh, or whether he will win or not. He was second to Cadillac at Leopardstown, and he won a Maiden the last day. Maybe that will be good enough, but I don’t think it is.
ONE RULER is stepping up in trip but definitely has a shout. Matt Chapman was tipping up Akmaam – he really likes him and thinks it’s significant that Jim Crowley has gone for him over Qaader. But William Buick has gone for One Ruler over Dahabi and that will do for me.
This is an absolutely cracking contest. Richard Hannon is raving about Chindit and the work he has done in the week. Pat Dobbs has gone for him instead of Etonian, which has probably meant that Etonian has doubled in price purely because of the jockey booking. I’m not sure you can read that much into it, because Pat Dobbs can only ride one and he’s gone for the one he thinks is, best but if you’re an Etonian fan it wouldn’t put you off.
I am most certainly in the THUNDER MOON camp. I think he did incredibly well to get out of where he was and win the National Stakes. I thought it was a helluva performance, and the turn of foot he showed in the last furlong was something. I know Lucky Vega has let the form down a little bit at Newmarket since but I thought Thunder Moon looked something special when I saw him at the Curragh. I know he’s in stall 5, the complete opposite side of the track to Chindit, but he’d be the one for me. I can’t believe Cadillac, after watching him win a Maiden at Leopardstown, is going to start 11/1 in a two-year-old race this year.
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I think GREAT WHITE SHARK is a great shout for Willie Mullins. She got loose on the way to the start last year under William Buick and still ran well. She’s been in really good form, although we haven’t seen her since she won over hurdles at Galway in July. She’s in really good order and Jason Watson rides her, who won the race last year. I think Not So Sleepy is a squeak for Hugh Morrison and Graham Lee – if you like your horses to race close to the pace, I’d be having a few quid there.
And a big price down the bottom, coming from off the pace – he doesn’t like jumping, he wants to go three miles over hurdles and they’ve been running him over the wrong trip, but I think two-and-a-half on the Flat will really suit him – is Whirling Dervish.
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