Monday 18 December 2017

Ruby Walsh hoping for Champagne Fever at Leopardstown

Ruby Walsh
Ruby Walsh

Ruby Walsh has said he is excited at the prospect of riding Champagne Fever the Racing Post Novice Chase at Leopardstown on St Stephen's Day

The top Irish jump jockey is a big fan of the dual Cheltenham Festival winner, who made all the running on his debut of fences when easily beating Corbally Ghost by four lengths at Punchestown last month.

Walsh predicts fireworks from the Willie Mullins-trained grey when he goes for a fifth Grade One success in the two-mile-one-furlong contest.

"He's a good jumper and he's an athletic horse who likes to bowl along and get on with his business," Walsh said.

"Defy Logic is also a front runner in that race over Christmas, so I'm sure there will be no hiding place for those behind us.

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