Ruby Walsh in father Ted double act
Published 26/08/2013 | 01:30
Top jockey Ruby Walsh has opted to partner Rossvoss, trained by his father Ted, in the opening Ladies Day at Downpatrick Maiden Hurdle at the Co Down track's Bank Holiday fixture.
Walsh could have ridden Dr Schultz – a Kilbeggan bumper winner last time – trained by his boss Willie Mullins.
Dr Schultz is owned by the trainer's son and champion amateur Patrick Mullins, and cousin Emmet Mullins takes the mount.
Rossvoss has the strongest claims and finished seventh in the big amateur riders race at the Galway Festival won by Edeymi.
Banbridge rider Stephen Clements was aboard Edeymi in that race and partners Sultana Belle in today's contest.
Sultana Belle finished fourth at Downpatrick last time and is the alternative to the principal pair with Tynaghs Trooper also holding place claims.
The Walsh family can double up at Downpatrick by claiming the concluding Meagan Green Miss Northern Ireland Ladies bumper with Old Castletown, partnered by Katie Walsh, Ruby's sister.
Old Castletown was a good second in a better race at the course two weeks ago while Waylander looks the danger and You Can't Catch Me can reward place support.
Pink Goddess was a convincing winner when making all at the venue's last fixture and is the one to beat in the Win A Diamond Ring Today Handicap Hurdle while the Gordon Elliott-trained Hold Em Cowboy is another for the short list.
Jabus, trained in Tyrone by Andy Oliver, finished runner-up at Bellewstown last Thursday and is a course and distance winner.
The Willie Mullins-trained Bowfinger could start favourite in the Giltspur Scientific Maiden Hurdle but Romeo Is Bleeding and Stay In My Heart make more appeal.
The pair have numerous placed efforts to their credit with Romeo Is Bleeding denied by half a length a week ago at Tramore and Stay In My Heart filling the same spot at the meeting.
The latter, trained by Charlie Swan, is fitted with cheek pieces for the first time and, in receipt of a stone in weight, gets preference.
High Talk gets the vote in a potentially tricky Downpatrick Handicap Hurdle.
Sam Da Vinci, trained by Tony Mullins, can open his account in the Fran Murrin Memorial Maiden Hurdle.
Ultra Light can take the Willie Murphy Jewellers Downpatrick Handicap Hurdle.
TODAY'S TOP TIPS 2.35 Rossvoss (nap) 3.05 Pink Goddess 3.40 Stay In My Heart 4.15 High Talk 4.50 Sam Da Vinci 5.25 Ultra Light (each way) 5.55 Old Castletown