Top jock Ruby Walsh rejoins the panel after a summer spent eating three square meals a day, following Willie Mullins’ one-time hurdlers Clondaw Warrior, Wicklow Brave and Max Dynamite around the flat tracks of the UK and Australia and riding a French Champion Hurdle winner. Not bad!
We’ve handed Paddy a temporary P45 so the ‘R’ Man as we never ever call him to his face joins – Matt ‘turn down the TV’ Chapman, our PP ‘is there not more than 6 races this week’ Trader and Turftalk ‘here’s my number give me a call anytime you like laydeez’ Tom – to help our tipping team put some cash in your e-wallet a couple of weeks before we start using the ‘C’ word.
Ruby pitches up at Ascot on Saturday to ride Vautour as he starts his pre-King George & Cheltenham Gold Cup campaign while the latest installment of the Silviniaco Conti, Cue Card & Dynaste smash-up takes place at Haydock where Cue Card in particular needs to prove he’s not just flat-track bully when getting weight of his rivals despite a smooth win at Wetherby over Dynaste and Ballynagour last time out.
Another Saturday afternoon of bragging rights is up for grabs.