Ruby Walsh: St Mark’s Basilica a shock Dewhurst winner but don’t write off Chindit

St Mark's Basilica won the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday

Ruby Walsh


Ruby Walsh has warned punters not to write off Chindit after the ante-post favourite suffered a shock defeat in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket.

The Richard Hannon-trained two-year-old struggled to get a clear run and finished ninth in the 7f sprint, with Aidan O’Brien’s St Mark’s Basilica coming home first ahead of Wembley and Thunder Moon.

Chindit had previously won all three races entered during his career and went into Saturday’s event on the back of a supposedly excellent piece of work on the gallops in midweek.

Discussing the Dewhurst on the latest episode of Paddy Power’s twice-weekly From The Horse’s Mouth podcast, Ruby expects Michael Pescod’s prized asset to recover quickly from this set-back and hit top form again soon.

Ruby: St Mark’s Basilica could be classed a something of a shock winner. Maybe Chindit didn’t get a great run through, and Wembley from a poor stall ended up a long way back.

Thunder Moon had a perfect run but looked like he just didn’t get home at Newmarket. He got home really well at the Curragh, but maybe it was a slower-run race at the Curragh.

I didn’t see a win for St Mark’s Basilica coming but he was a great winner for Frankie Dettori. Wembley came home well, and might be the one to take out of it going forward and up in trip to a mile next year.

It looked a strong race, and I wouldn’t write Chindit off. He ended up in plenty of bother, in a pocket and didn’t seem to have anywhere to go.

The bit of work he was supposed to have done last week was said to be such a good bit of work that, could that have been his race? Did that take the edge off him, and had he left his best stuff at home?

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