Horse Racing tips: Ruby Walsh’s fine fancies for ITV Racing on Saturday

Ruby reckons Adayar will get the better of Mishriff in the Champion Stakes at 15:50.

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13.25 – Trueshan

This could be a messy race in terms of pace unless Aidan O’Brien sends one of his forward. Stradivarius could go at Trueshan and attack him but I have no doubts about Trueshan’s ability to stay. I don’t see Stradivarius getting the better of Hollie Doyle on Trueshan. Frankie Dettori rode brilliantly on Stradivarius at York in August to get the better of Spanish Mission but when you’re relying on brilliant rides to win these races, you haven’t got enough. Trueshan is the younger and better horse. Stradivarius set the benchmark for a long time but he’s not the horse he once was.

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14.00 – Creative Force

Dragon Symbol is at the top of the betting but good to soft ground brings Creative Force into the mix. He won the Jersey Stakes here over 7f and was second at Goodwood in July – and there was give in the ground on both days. He was exposed in two Group 1 sprints but this race could be key in the jockey’s championship between William Buick and Oisin Murphy. The ground will be the key for Buick on Creative Force.

14.35 – Snowfall

This was never the main target for Snowfall and it’s a bit of an afterthought. The Arc was the main aim and she went to France for a prep for it a month before. She ran well in the Arc and finished sixth, but is that good enough to win this race? I’d say it is. When you go down the list and look at others to beat Snowfall, it’s hard to find anyone capable. It all depends on how strong Snowfall is, the rest only become relevant if she has an off day. However, it’s arguably a race to swerve until we know how fresh she is.

15.10 – The Revenant (each-way)

I know William Haggas holds Baaeed in really high regard but Palace Pier has solid form beating the likes of Poetic Flare, Lope Y Fernandez and Lady Bowthorpe. However, I’m going to go with The Revenant in an each-way punt. He was unlucky at Longchamp and got into an impossible position to win from. He’ll love a little cut in the ground and he’s got a good draw too.

15.50 – Adayar

It didn’t quite go to plan for Adayar in the Arc, where he finished fourth. He hadn’t ran since July – where he beat Mishriff in the King George. I’ve been taken with Adayar since he won the Epsom Derby and the Arc didn’t put me off him. He was too fresh and went too soon. Mishriff is a very good horse and it’ll be a good battle but I’m siding with Adayar.

16.30 – Raise You

The two Gosden runners at the top of the betting, Sunray Major and King Leonidas, are worth taking on, so I’ve gone for a value pick in Joseph O’Brien’s Raise You. He had a great run last time out at Galway and is rated 104. He’s won off 101 at the Curragh and they’ve been targeting something big with him and this could be it. He’s got a good draw so Raise You will do me.

Ruby Walsh’s best bets:

13.25 – Trueshan
14.00 – Creative Force
14.35 – Snowfall
15.10 – The Revenant (each-way)
15.50 – Adayar
16.30 – Raise You

*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change

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