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Ruby Walsh :Bellshill can ring out loud at Leopardstown

by Ruby Walsh | February 4, 2016

This is the only card in Ireland where there’s four Grade One races, and I’ve got four runners. The ground is soft to heavy becasue there’s been a bit of rain over the last couple of days, so it could make for some interesting racing.


Grade One Spring Juvenile Hurdle 2m 12.55pm

I’m riding Let’s Dance in this one but I’m not sure anyone knows how to reverse the form of Ivanovich Gorbatov. He looked very good the last day. You can’t say he’s inexperienced either because he’s had a couple of runs in France.

Footpad was disappointing at Christmas but went and won very well in Goran Park, and Allblak Des Places was a good winner in Fairyhouse.

Ivanovich Gorbatov is definitely the one to beat, how I’m going to beat him I don’t know, I’ll need a bit of luck.


Grade One Deloitte Novice Hurdle, 1.55pm

Bellshill has done nothing wrong over hurdles so far. Although he wasn’t that impressive in his last outing at Naas, more so in Navan and Cork when he won his first Maiden. The 2m2f shouldn’t bother him because he won at 2m in that Maiden.

Tombstone, Blue Et Rouge and Petit Mouchoir were all fast finishing closers the last day and Coney Island was an impressive winner of the Maiden Hurdle. But Bellshill is my best ride today, and I can’t wait.

Grade One Flogas Novice Chase, 2.30pm


Myself and Willie think Pont Alexandre is a stayer. He’s in good form, but Outlander is a classy individual and he’s the one to beat. Zabana was good the last day too, he’s a fair horse in his own right, but back Outlander.

Irish Gold Cup, 3.40pm


Valseur Lido was completley outpaced at Kempton, he was a bit lackluster. The King George is a very fast competitive race and he just couldn’t keep. I think a stiff three-miler at Leopardstown will suit him better. 

I could’ve gone for Sir De Champs in this one but I think Valseur Lido has room to improve at 7. Road to Riches is the one to beat, but if On His Own or Sir De Champs win I wouldn’t be surprised.


Leopardstown Flat Race 2m, 4.45pm

Some Neck is setting off as favorite (as are a lot of Willlie’s) after making a decent debut against Gorteen, who’s won a maiden since. The horse looks to have improved at home. He’s a bit lazy, but the run will have crowned him and he’ll be hard to beat



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