Horse Racing tips: Ruby Walsh’s best bets at Goodwood and Galway on Thursday

Ruby gives his fancies for day three at Glorious Goodwood and Galway Hurdle day.

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14:25 Goodwood – Asymmetric

I’m going for Asymmetric. I watched him win on his first start at Goodwood and he then went on to win at Newmarket, beating Sterling Knight. He was second to Lusail at the July meeting which was an incredible run and a really good time. He’s got course form on his side, Martin Harley is riding him and it’s a six furlong race – what’s not to like?

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15:00 Goodwood – Yibir

Wordsworth is the favourite and if you’re going to read his form in Longchamp literally then you can see why but I’m a Yibir fan. His run behind Irish Derby second Lone Eagle here at Goodwood looks rock solid and it’s gotten stronger since. He was obviously disappointing at Chester behind El Drama but he looked good in Sandown before that. Yibir is a decent horse and he can overturn the favourite.

15:35 Goodwood – Joan Of Arc

I fancy Joan Of Arc to get the better of the favourite Audarya. Joan Of Arc won the French Oaks at  Chantilly in June and looked impressive. The pace of the race will suit her and it will hinder Audarya and Lady Bowthorpe. Joan Of Arc will be ready to pounce when the time is right.

16:35 Galway – Farout

Paul Townend has gone for Tax For Max, who has an official rating of 133 and gets 7lbs from Farout. That means Farout has to run to a rating of more than 140 to beat Tax For Max if you’re taking it literally on paper. Tax For Max has impressed, but he did flop in a maiden hurdle at Tipperary behind Slip Of The Tounge. Farout, meanwhile, went to Cork and beat Son Of Hypnos over two miles. I like winners and I’m going with the horse that as actually won a race, so I’ll side with Farout over Tax For Max.

17:10 Galway – Bleu Berry

This looks a match between Bleu Berry and City Island, two former Cheltenham Festival winners. City Island was a bit disappointing last year but he does have chase form and Bleu Berry doesn’t. However, the trip is ideal for Bleu Berry. Now 10 year old’s probably don’t win that many beginners chases but Bleu Berry is in great nick and I wouldn’t put anybody off backing him. City Island is the obvious danger.

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17:45 Galway – Gin On Lime

There’s safety in numbers and Willie Mullins has three runners in this one! Unfortunately, they can’t run in a relay and they’d have to if they want to beat Gin On Lime. She was brilliant at Killarney. She didn’t look too good at Limerick but she still won. She looks a really exciting talent. Robinnia was only a 118 hurdler but she ran way above that in her first start over fences. The each-way shout is Robinnia but I don’t see how Gin On Lime loses this one.

18:15 Galway – Call Me Lyreen or Annexation

Paul Townend has opted for Ciel De Neige over Saldier for Willie Mullins in the feature race, the Galway Hurdle. Ciel De Neige will have blinkers on for the first time, but ideally he wants it a little further. He was second at Punchestown last time in May over 2m 4f. He’s a strong stayer too.

Saldier is a fair horse who’s dropping down in grade. He got a bit of spark back when running on the Flat and his win at Listowel was impressive. He also looked good at Ascot in June after a quick turnaround. Burning Victory is a former winner of the Triumph hurdle, albeit a lucky one when Goshen fell!

Her jumping has been a bit sketchy but she has won a Flat race in France. Winner Takes Itall is rated 132 (up 13lbs) after his win at Bellewstown earlier this month. I wouldn’t be mad strong on one of Willie’s runners but I wouldn’t be surprised if one won!

Call Me Lyreen of Denise Foster is an interesting proposition, especially with Jack Kennedy on board. I’m also looking at Henry de Bromhead’s Annexation, where Hugh Morgan takes the ride. They’re two good second-season novices.

19:15 Galway – M C Muldoon

M C Muldoon ran a cracker at Royal Ascot over 2m 4f. He was a bit in and out over hurdles but was unlucky at the Punchestown festival. That Punchestown run might be enough beat Banbridge, who’s the biggest danger from Joseph O’Brien, with JJ Slevin on board. Banbridge has won his last three races and sets the standard but M C Muldoon has a great chance.

20:15 Galway – Carfax

Willie Mullins has got Carfax and Dads Lad in the last race of the card. Patrick Mullins goes for Dads Lad, who finished second here last September. Jodie Townend rides Carfax, who’s had the one run. He’s improved a good bit, fitness wise at least, I don’t know about ability wise. I’d be going for Carfax.

Ruby Walsh’s best bets:

14:25 Goodwood – Asymmetric
15:00 Goodwood – Yibir
15:35 Goodwood – Joan Of Arc
16:35 Galway – Farout
17:10 Galway – Bleu Berry
17:45 Galway – Gin On Lime
18:15 Galway – Call Me Lyreen or Annexation
19:15 Galway – M C Muldoon
20:15 Galway – Carfax

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