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Ruby Walsh: Argentino looks an each-way steal in the first at Thurles on what should be a rewarding day

The top jock previews his rides and Willie Mullins' runners on Thursday at the Tipperary track.

by Ruby Walsh | January 15, 2015

Thurles 1.05pm

Argentino bitterly disappointed on his debut at Fairyhouse and has the cheekpieces on him today. There was no reason for that as his schooling until then had been good so hopefully they can bring about improvement.

Baily Cloud looked unlucky when unseating David Casey at the second last and Zafayan from Dermot Weld’s stable could be a contender.

But it’s hard to see ARGENTINO e/w out of the first three and looks a good each-way price.

Fallers MBS

Thurles 1.35pm

Milsean sets the standard here and I’m really running for second place money on Measureofmydreams.

Thurles 2.45pm

Champagne Fever needs to settle better today than he did in the King George but Smokey Joe Joe likes to bowl along in front so that should help. Champagne Fever has won both his starts over this 2m 4f trip but it’s hard to knock what Don Cossack has done with three victories this season.

He has to give us 2lb because of his Grade One penalty but that should be inconsequential. I’m a Champagne Fever fan but have huge respect for Don Cossack.


Thurles 3.15pm

Vroum Vroum Mag has won her last two and I think she’s a super mare. To be brutally honest I’ll be very disappointed if she doesn’t collect.

Thurles 3.45pm

Prince de Beauchene is dropping down five brackets form the races he’s been running in and should find life a lot easier in a hunter chase compared to his younger days.

Willie (Mullins) is slightly concerned about the heavy ground but I think he’ll win and win impressively.

Cheltenham NRNB

Douvan’s the man

I thought he was impressive on Sunday. It was a truly run race and there was plenty of pace on.

Granted he did beat two and a half mile horses over two miles on Punchestown’s tighter inside track but he did it well.

The handicapper has given Douvan a higher rating than Vautour when he won the same contest last year (Paul Towned rode him that day) but handicap ratings are only opinions.

Douvan and Vautour are difficult to compare. Douvan is probably quicker – Vautour is probably a stronger stayer. The former certainly strikes you as a horse who will be stronger next year when he starts to fill his frame.

As for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle – Douvan’s done it well so far but I’d still have huge respect for L’Ami Serge who is a big danger.

The Wan and only

Channel 4 chiefs are looking to bring in a non-racing presenter for the Aintree Garnd National on April 11.

I’m sure the fashion guru will be a part of the team (like he was at Royal Ascot) but I doubt if he’ll be the lead broadcaster and I doubt even more that he’d want to be the lead in front of racing’s biggest worldwide TV audience.

Personally, I think you’re pigeon-holing Nick Luck if you think he’s just a racing broadcaster. He was brilliant at The Breeders’ Cup for NBC when he stepped outside that brief a little.

How much influence can one person have on a TV audience anyway – it’s the Grand National – that’s the real star of the show.

Nobody remembers who presented the World Cup Final once the teams step onto the pitch.

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