Sunday 25 February 2018

Ruby set for profitable trip to the Maze

Ruby Walsh. Photo: Sportsfile
Ruby Walsh. Photo: Sportsfile

Johnny Ward

Ruby Walsh's rides are the envy of all in Down Royal and he can strike for a hat-trick at the venue today.

The legendary rider could be key to Court Artist's chance in the Allied Bakeries Mares Maiden Hurdle. She has no jumping experience, but those who have are not sufficiently persuasive. Willie Mullins can have her adequately prepped, and the deadly duo can follow up in the Kerry Foods Hurdle in the shape of Cap D'Aubois, which can outstay Rashaan.

The most fancied of Walsh's rides is for another barn, the local one of Nicole McKenna. Sir Ector is rated 104 and on Flat form he remains thrown in hurling, especially as he got his act together at Sligo last time. On yielding terrain over today's distance at a flat track, Sir Ector should win if anywhere near his best.

Joseph O'Brien holds the key to the opening Molson Coors N.I. 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle, Thomas O'Malley looking the one on jockey bookings and again he should be suited by the track for Davy Russell.

Boytonrath has a big chance for Russell in the Linden Foods Handicap Hurdle but Karl Thornton does well here and Sierra Law makes plenty of each-way appeal.

The frustrating Mountain Rock is put forward in the Tayto Group Ltd Maiden Hurdle for Adrian Keatley, while True Self should provide Mullins with a treble in the Dale Farm Dromona Mares Flat Race after a facile Galway win.

Irish Independent

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