Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 April 2014

Ruby Walsh heads north to sparkle

Ruby Walsh

Cheltenham Festival hero Ruby Walsh will be the star attraction at Downpatrick tonight.

Walsh was top jockey at the Chletenham Festival in March with seven winners, including the Gold Cup triumph on board Kauto Star.

Walsh is sure to attract plenty of support in the betting ring when he rides Compelled in the ITBA Mares Hurdle and Jamadiel in the Frank Magee Memorial Handicap Chase.

The Kildare jockey also pilots Backtothekingsnest in the Anglo Printers Handicap Hurdle.

Ruby’s younger sister Katie Walsh is also in action at Downpatrick tonight and could go close on Battlefront in the Frank Fitzsimons Maiden Hunters Chase for their father Ted Walsh.

Meanwhile, Golden Sword proved the sharper of Aidan O’Brien’s two runners in the Virgin Money Chester Vase as the 25-1 chance denied his stablemate and red-hot favourite Masterofthehorse on Ladies’ Day at Chester yesterday.

Colm O’Donoghue set out to make all on the apparent second string, and his front-running tactics worked perfectly as he crossed the line with two lengths to spare in front of a bumper crowd.

Downpatrick selections: 5.35: Talkin’ tough; 6.05 Compelled; 6.35 Backtothekingsnest; 7.05: Russian War; 7.35 Mister Lucky; 8.00: Bally Wall; 8.35 Plenty of Chat.