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Ruby Walsh exclusive: ‘So You Think is beatable’

by Josh Powell | June 20, 2012

 Top jockey Ruby Walsh spoke exclusively to the Paddy Power Blog ahead of the Royal Ascot festival.

We asked our man Ruby Walsh for his thoughts and tips on the second day’s action.

2.30 Jersey Stakes

“The field for the Jersey Stakes is massive this year. Johnny Murtagh is on the bottom one Sentaril for William Haggis, Joseph O’Brien is on Reply who has a chance.

I’d love to see Amy Ryan winning on Kevin Ryan’s Laffan. She is an exceptionally talented lady rider and it would be a great family victory.

Sentaril will be skimpy enough and more likely favourite but this is a minefield of a Jersey Stakes.”

3.05 Windsor Forest Stakes

“I’ve been big friends with Pat Smullen for a long time and he’s a wonderful rider. I hope Emulous wins for him.

He’s been stable jockey for Dermot Weld for a number of years now and rides a lot of winners. But for my money, for his talent, he hasn’t got the recognition he deserves on the world stage.I hope Emulous puts him back on it today.

Nahrain will push him close but I’m thinking with my heart and I hope Emulous wins.”

3.45 Prince of Wales Stakes

“This is probably So You Think’s penultimate race in Europe, he’s going to Australia to stud after the Eclipse and he’s beatable.

He’s been beaten a couple of times and Aidan O’Brien has always taken the blame for it. Aidan’s a genius and is deflecting the flaws So You Think has by blaming himself.

I was a huge Carlton House fan going into last year’s Derby and thought he would win. He didn’t have a good run in the race but scored on his comeback.

It’s the jubilee year, the Queen owns him, Sir Michael Stoute is a masterful performer–there’s something about it. He’s better value than So You Think as well.”

5.00 Queen Mary Stakes

“Fillies whether it’s jumps or flat racing do rely a fair bit on confidence and that’s important in this race.

Richard Hughes has gone for Jubilee Diamond, Hairy Rocket has a good chance, Mironica who Wayne Lordan rides is in with a shout as well.

Jimmy Fortune might be on the right one here though in Miss Diva.”

5.35 Sandringham Handicap

“From Hello Glory down they are all out of the handicap, the whole lot of them. Going by the book it should be Hello Glory.

Jamie Spencer is doing 8-8 for David Simcock. He’s the last horse in the handicap proper and so has to have an advantage.”

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