Top jumps jock Ruby Walsh gives you the lowdown on his two runners at Listowel this afternoon.
I was glad to return with a winner on Sunday in Rattan after six weeks off since getting injured at Galway. Things are beginning to get going now for the National Hunt season so hopefully I can stay fit and well for the next few months.
Gary Carroll gets the leg up here on Willie Mullins’ Blue Bullet. Won on his debut over 6f at Cork but has been a little disappointing since.
The softer ground may be a worry but he’s fit and has been working well at home.
He’s entered up for better things (holds a Breeders Cup entry) but if he’s to graduate to that level he’ll want to be winning a nursery here.
Only three runners go to post now as Carlito Brigante has been ruled out by trainer Gordon Elliott.
It’s competitive in it’s own right but I think my lad will handle the ground better than the other two Pride of the Artic and Ballyadam Brook.
Peter Fahey’s top weight Pride of the Artic was a good winner in Galway and Ballyadam Brook was a decent hurdler. Davy Condon and Ballyadam Brook will probably take us along as he likes to bowl along in front as does Pride of the Artic.
There’s no stamina issues about Sweet My Lord in the ground and I’m very hopeful he’ll deliver.
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Won her bumper but has yet to win over hurdles. Her jumping hasn’t been great. Even though she improved at Downpatrick the last time when finishing third it wasn’t a world-beating performance. I schooled her at Willie’s (Mullins) place on Saturday and she jumped well but she always does at home. She just hasn’t brought it to the track yet.
Paul Nolan’s Rising Time has the highest rating in the field at 115 and Michael Doran claims 5lbs off that so we’ll have to run to about 120 to beat her.
Chiltern Hills is fit and well and hopefully practice will make perfect on the day.