With five rides over two days, it’s certainly not my busiest weekend of the season, but a bit like Navan on Saturday where I had two wins from my two rides, I head down to Limerick this Sunday with quality rather than quantity.
Ruby’s ride: Star Of Aragon
There’s not many entered in this race and that’s possibly the deciding factor in letting him take his chance in this race. He ran in Dundalk on the flat on Friday night over two miles and couldn’t get into the picture and his form over jumps is even less encouraging. He won over hurdles at Downpatrick last August but he’s disappointed since. If he can get back to that sort of form, he’s got a chance, but that looks like a big ‘if’ on current form.
Ruby’s ride: Sambremont
I had a tricky choice to make in this race between Bosman Rule and Sambremont but I’ve gone with my lad because I didn’t make enough use of him in Thurles last time out. He was six lengths behind second placed Milsean in that race and Milsean has since gone to Cheltenham and run a blinder in the Albert Bartlett, so that form isn’t looking too bad. He’s better than that and the addition of cheek-pieces should help. With Joseph O’Brien coming down to ride over the jumps rather than staying in the Curragh for the start of the flat season, you’d have to keep an eye on Egyptian Warrior for Ballydoyle, but I fancy Sambremont.
Ruby’s ride: Val De Ferbet
Another surprisingly small field for this one and it’s another race where that doesn’t hurt my chances because we’ve got a bit of improving to do to catch Rule The World here. He was a bit inconsistent over in France and we’ve seen some of that already since arriving with Willie. He won well at Fairyhouse just before Christmas, but made a mistake at Naas back in January that put paid to his chances. I’d forgive him that because it was only his second time over fences. There’s talent there, but it’s a question of whether he feels like producing it on the day. He’s definitely capable of getting in the frame. I’d be hopeful.