Weld's Prince Erik has solid each-way chance
PRINCE ERIK is a cracking ride to have for Dermot Weld in the big race. He'll need a bit of luck, but I think he has a solid each-way chance.
Not many of the opposition will have run on ground as quick as this, but Prince Erik is Flat-bred and has won on it before. He beat Montan at Naas last time, and I'm not too concerned about him stepping up to 3m 5f.
My main priority will be to ensure he gets a good look at his fences and doesn't get knocked about. If we get a clear run, I think we'll be thereabouts at the death.
There's still a chance that Beautiful Sound will get in but, while his trainer Gordon Elliott is a friend of mine, I hope he doesn't for my sake -- he would be hard to beat.
Ruby Walsh has opted for Willie Mullins' Shakervilz, and he's chosen well. I rode Shakervilz in a piece of work last week and he seemed to be flying. Although he hasn't run for a year, he has been in work the whole time, so he should be fit enough.
Quantitativeeasing is another I'd respect, although a slight lack of experience won't help him. The Last Derby might be the one we all have to beat. He jumps well, loves this type of ground and, with just 9st 13lb, he could take a bit of stopping.
Jigalo is probably the best of my four other rides, in the novices' handicap chase. When the ground got really testing in the winter, Joanna Morgan gave him a break, so this is his first run since then.
He goes well fresh and has an each-way chance, but Torphichen may be a touch classier than the rest of us.
I'm also quite keen on Voler La Vedette in the opener, while Noel Meade's Corbally Ghost might take plenty stopping in the point-to-point bumper.
1 The Last Derby
4 Prince Erik
2.35 Voler La Vedette
3.10 Marlay Park
3.45 Dare To Doubt
4.15 Corbally Ghost