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Ruby Walsh: Twinlight can run a big race against Hidden Cyclone but it won’t be easy

Yes, the headlines about Hurricane Fly, Faugheen, or that absolute aeroplane Un de Sceaux are hard to dodge right now. But there's still the serious business of weekend racing in Ireland for Ruby Walsh. Read his no-messin' thoughts on Punchestown...

by Ruby Walsh | January 31, 2015

Morning Run continued her unbeaten run for Willie Mullins at Fairyhouse on Saturday, flying home in the Solerina Mares Hurdle. That’s six from six for Morning Run and two rides and one winner for me yesterday. A good day’s work.

Here’s a rundown of my rides at Punchestown, Co Kildare, for Sunday…

14.10 MAIDEN HURDLE 2m 4f

Open Eagle won the November handicap at Doncaster by 12 lengths and came to Willie’s from David O’Meara. Open Eagle is working well, schooling well, and had a good record on the flat in England. Should handle the ground here.

14:40 LISTED NOVICE HURDLE 2m

As the retained rider, Bryan Cooper is on Aminabad for Gigginstown. A quick horse, Aminabad was impressive in Wexford in November when I won on him, and seems to be in really good form now. My ride, Avant Tout, is more of a stayer, and looks to have improved since he won in Tramore. Is there a big difference in class? They’ve both only won maiden hurdles and both did it well. Aminadbad, on the inside track at Punchestown, might be that bit speedier.

15.10 HANDICAP HURDLE 3m

I’m on Mydor for Tony Martin. He won impressively at Leopardstown at Christmas, but Sunday is a very different race. He’s gone up 17lbs for winning his last two starts! He’s a young horse who could be improving but this race is much more competitive.

15.40 TIED COTTAGE CHASE (GRADE 2)

Twinlight ran really well behind Sprinter Sacre and Dodging Bullets in the Clarence House Chase earlier this month at Ascot. He beat Hidden Cyclone at Leopardstown previously too but because that was a grade one and Sunday is a grade two we now have to carry the penalty and give him eight pounds, which won’t be easy. It’s a fair swing but Twinlight came out of his race at Ascot well and has won around Punchestown before. He’ll run a big race.

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