Horse Racing tips: Ruby Walsh’s best bets for Thursday’s Aintree action

Ruby is raring to go for Aintree this week.

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13:45 – War Lord

Pic D’Ory was no match for L’Homme Presse at Sandown in the Grade 1 but the step up in trip is going to suit WAR LORD. I thought he had the pace in the Arkle and was in the box seat, but just didn’t have the gears when they quickened into the third last. He can make amends now.  

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14:20 – Brazil

It looks between Brazil or Pied Pier and I’m going to side with BRAZIL. He gave Gaelic Warrior 8lb at Cheltenham and did exceptionally well to win the Boodles Juvenile Hurdle. He made a mistake and did really well to get himself back into contention and battled really well to win. He’s improving. 

14:55 – Conflated

Clan Des Obeaux arrives in first-time blinkers. This has been his target but, a bit like Kemboy, he’s 10 years old and isn’t getting any younger. Really and truly, can he be getting any better? If the rain arrives oyale Pagaille would have a massive chance. He loves soft ground.

Team Mullins will be hoping Kemboy can win, he’s in wonderful form but you’d have to think there’s something capable of improving in the line-up. Protektorat ran a really good race in the Cheltenham Gold Cup but it had a hard enough race. Eldorado Allen and Conflated re-oppose and I thought Conflated was coming to probably beat Eldorado Allen for second place , but he tipped up two fences out. I’m going to side with CONFLATED. who should appreciate the step back up in trip after his Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup win in February. 

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15:30 – Epatante

EPATANTE was second to Honeysuckle in the Champion Hurdle but made a mistake that would have put her a good bit further in front of Zanahiyr who finished third and re-opposes now. She won over 1m 4f as a three-year old and maybe 2m 4f is a bit further that she wants, but I’ll stick with her, even if we don’t have proof that she’ll get the trip. I’m going to go with my gut instinct that 2m 4f will bring out some improvement in Epatante and she’ll be too good for the opposition.

16:05 – Jett

I’ve been watching old Grand Nationals all week and looking at how JETT jumped last year when eighth and he seemed to really enjoy himself out in front, attacking these fences. He was beaten last time but that was over 3m 2f and the drop back to 2m 5f should suit.  

16:40 – Dancing On My Own

Sam Thomas placed Before Midnight really well last year. Last April he won off 129 and got a 7lb penalty before he came back at Cheltenham and won off that mark and then carried the penalty at Aintree and won off a rating of 144. He then stepped up in grade at Christmas but was last behind Shishkin. 

The trainer is really making a name for himself and the horses are flying, but Thyme White may have come on for his Ascot run when second to Golden Boy Grey after a break.

Henry de Bromhead has won this race in the past with some big-priced winners. He’s got Zarkareva, Dancing On My Own and Bold Enough entered. I’d probably go with DANCING ON MY OWN. He was disappointing behind Global Citizen in the Grand Annual but could be interesting at a fair price now.  

17:15 – Ashroe Diamond

ASHROE DIAMOND ran well at Leopardstown last time at the Dublin Racing Festival where she came on the outside to finish fourth and just got the better of Pink In The Park. She also ran reasonably well at the Galway Festival in her last run before that effort. Patrick Mullins is going to do 11 stone to ride here which is a good sign to me. She’s in great form at home and she’ll definitely do for me in the finale. 

Aintree betting tips:

13:45 – WAR LORD
14:20 – BRAZIL
14:55 – CONFLATED
15:30 – EPATANTE
16:05 – JETT
16:40 – DANCING ON MY OWN
17:15 – ASHROE DIAMOND

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