Ruby Walsh has previewed his rides in the big races at Cheltenham. He was speaking to Pat Keane at the offices of the Irish Examiner. Ruby does a regular column for the paper but finding a copy might be a bit tricky for his UK fans. The good news is that there is some video of this mini Cheltenham Preview.
The way we hear it, Ruby sounds very sweet on the prospects of his rides in the two big hurdle races. That's the favourites Hurricane Fly in the Stan JamesChampion Hurdle and Big Bucks in the LadbrokesWorld Hurdle. Maybe we are reading too much between the lines but he does sound a bit more cautious about the chances of Kauto Star in the Gold Cup and Quevega in the Mares Hurdle.
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Ruby picks out Willie Mullin's trained Boston Bob as his other big chance but doesn't know whether that horse goes for the Neptune or Albert Bartlett Hurdle.
Pat Keane questions Ruby about Big Bucks so called "flat spot" but he isn't worried. Had Ruby Oscar Whisky in mind when saying the flamboyant horse that travels never gets home in three mile hurdles ? Judge for yourself.