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Ruby Walsh: Gallant Oscar looks a steal at the weight and if McKinley handles the ground he’ll shine

Ruby Walsh looks up from his Sunday fry long enough to to take us through the card at Navan today where he hopes to have himself a few winners.

by Ruby Walsh | November 9, 2014

Navan 12:20: 2m Maiden Hurdle

Uradel came from France early in the summer and ran okay in a 3-year old only handicap in York. He has plenty of schooling done but first time is first time and that’s even more the case with juveniles as opposed to older horses. With that said we think he’s a very nice horse, the rest of the field don’t look like super stars, maybe Jessica Harrington’s horse Kabjoy  can give us most to do but this guy is a bit keen so I’m hoping he doesn’t do too much. If I can get him to settle a bit and get in to a nice rhythm jumping I think he’s a decent enough sort.

Navan 12.50: 2m Novice Hurdle

The soft ground is a bit of a worry but for McKinley but he has improved each race from his first run in Killarney when I rode him and he’s improved again from his last run in the Lartigue Hurdle at Listowel. The ground is a bit of an unknown for him but he’s an improver. If he handles the ground he’ll put up a big performance but it is a big if.

Navan 1.20: 2m4f Hurdle

In the past Zaidpour’s best runs of the season have been his early runs. He’s been in a bit longer than the other horses. We were toying with the idea of bringing him to France last weekend for the race Zarkandar won. He seems to be in good form at home, I’d have preferred if Little King Robin ran because he would have been guaranteed a really good gallop which would have suited him. He’s in good order and if he runs as he has done in the past early in the season he’ll be hard to beat.

Navan 1.50: 2m Handicap Hurdle

I won a maiden hurdle on Living Next Door in Limerick but I think two miles will be too sharp for him. He’s a decent horse, obviously Tony has eyes on bigger things but regardless of that you have to think two miles will be too sharp for him and Harvey Logan will take all the beating.

Navan 2.25: 2m Chase

Twinlight won first time out last season. There’s plenty of pace in this race, Special Tiara and Arnaud both like to get on with things, as does Twinlight. The one worry you would have is the form Henry de Bromhead’s horses are in because they’re absolutley flying. Days Hotel may prove the hardest to beat. Twinlight does run well at this time of the year but I would love if we were going right-handed rather than left-handed because he does jump a bit to his right, which is not a good idea at Navan

Navan 3.00: 2m7f Handicap Hurdle

Tony did say to me the other day that Gallant Oscar might have a chance in the Troytown Chase. If he’s going to have a chance in the Troytown he has to win this race off 104. He’ll probably improve for the run but 104 is a very low hurdle mark so I’ll be hoping he can win.


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