Gentleman primed for perfect show
Champion jockey Ruby Walsh feels Perfect Gentleman has all the right credentials to give him a third win in Monday's BoyleSports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse.
Walsh first won the Easter Monday highlight on Commanche Court for his dad, Ted, in 2000 and then followed up five years later on Martin Brassil's Numbersixvalverde, who went on to win at Aintree the following season under Slippers Madden.
The Willie Mullins-trained Perfect Gentleman was last seen finishing fourth behind Cause Of Causes over four miles at the Cheltenham Festival and Walsh thinks he goes there with an excellent chance.
"I am happy to be riding Perfect Gentleman in the BoyleSports Irish Grand National on Monday. I think he has the right profile for the race and 10-10 is a lovely weight," he said in his Irish Examiner column.
"He ran a blinder in the four-miler in Cheltenham. He was prominent all the way and probably just got run out of it close home. He jumps really well.
"It's a competitive race but I think a novice might win it, something like Lots Of Memories or Perfect Gentleman.
"A lot of the handicappers in it are exposed and plenty of them want better ground than we're likely to get. So, you'll want to be going for a horse that has shown some bit of form on winter ground.
"Perfect Gentleman has plenty of age for a novice as a 10-year-old. I've only ridden him once, when he beat Sadler's Risk in Cork last November. That's not bad form.
"He fell in the Drinmore after that and was second to Gilgamboa at Christmas before being fourth in Cheltenham.
"He stays and has shown enough pace to win over two and a half miles so, with luck in running, has a great chance."