Ruby Walsh has named four of his best bets from around Europe ahead of Sunday’s racing.
Speaking on the latest episode of Paddy Power’s From The Horse’s Mouth podcast, our resident jockey-turned-pundit is hoping to have picked out winners at Aintree, Longchamp and Galway – although he sat on the fence for the former and has reservations about his French selection!
I know from working for him, that this Handicap Chase is one that Paul Nicholls always targeted. MAGIC SAINT is the one he’s come down on, with Harry Cobden riding. He won well at the Hennessey meeting at Newbury last year but was a bit disappointing when Oldgrangewood won at Cheltenham. This is his first run back, and he does look like a horse that runs well enough fresh. I wouldn’t put anybody off him.
But it’s the same for OLDGRANGEWOOD. Harry and Dan Skelton seem to be in pretty similar form to Harry Cobden and Paul Nicholls, so I’d be going with either Oldgrangewood or Magic Saint, although Itchy Feet could be the fly in the ointment.
PRINCESS ZOE is well able to cope with the change in trip from 2m4f back to 1m7f. She’s a 1m4f winner at the Curragh and at Galway. She also won over 2m at Galway as well.
My only worry would be going to France 22 days ago, then having to come home. For horses that is a two-day trip. Ireland to the UK, overnight in the UK and then on to France. And obviously the same coming home. She would have left Longchamp the morning after she ran on Arc weekend, travelled Monday to the middle of England and home by Wednesday.
To turn her around after having such a hard race and then go back within three weeks – that could be a bigger issue for me. Jump horses have done it in the past but my concern is that she might not be at her best, having had such a hard race.
BEACON EDGE has been a non-runner twice now, but he’s the one for me. His form with Jason The Militant looks rock solid.
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