Ceol Rua sets standard as Ruby ready to dominate
RUBY WALSH could be the man to keep on side this afternoon, as the in-form rider heads to Fairyhouse for a cracking book of mounts on an all-hurdle card.
Davy Russell, Barry Geraghty and Paul Carberry, all of whom currently reside above Walsh in the jockey's championship, have been banging in the winners recently, and aren't shorn of opportunities today either.
However, it is Walsh's six-strong portfolio that strikes as being the most potent on this occasion.
Ceol Rua is possibly the pick of his lot in the two-mile maiden hurdle.
Ted Dolly and The Ethiopian, second and third respectively at Galway last month, ought to give the nap selection plenty to do, but the Willie Mullins-trained mare is the one to beat.
Last December, Ceol Rua beat the classy Whatwillwecallher in a Punchestown bumper, before keeping on for second in a mares' contest at Aintree.
On her return to action in October, she found only Make A Track and Reizovic too strong when jumping somewhat hesitantly at Punchestown, form that reads especially well now.
Walsh might also secure the two remaining maidens, with Sous Les Cieux another that he is expected to collect on for Mullins.
Earlier, he rides the Galway Flat scorer Rossvoss for his father Ted in the three-year-old edition, a race in which the Carberry-ridden Leroy Parker's third at Down Royal sets the standard on jumps form.
Nonetheless, Rossvoss was a better horse on the Flat, so it doesn't require a huge stretch of the imagination to envisage him making a successful bow.
In the feature, a two-mile conditions race, this year's Irish Grand National hero Organisedconfusion returns to the scene of his finest hour under amateur rider Niall Kelly.
On the assumption that Arthur Moore's six-year-old will have more pressing targets ahead, he is passed over in favour of Staying Article.
A likeable winner of a bumper and a hurdle on his only two career starts this time 12 months ago, Edward O'Grady's representative stands out in the seven-runner contest.