Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 27 November 2014

Ruby Walsh’s absence benefits Peplum

Ruby Walsh or Paul Carberry won’t be in action this evening at Killarney where the three national hunt races on the card look trappy affairs for punters.

Both jockeys missed their rides at the picturesque Kerry track last night after failing to recover from injuries they sustained on Sunday.

Walsh’s agent and sister Jennifer has indicated the champion jockey will be sidelined for a couple of days due to the twisted left ankle he sustained in his fall from the ill-fated Imperial Hills.

“Ruby is sore all over and has decided not to ride in Killarney tonight or on Tuesday to give himself a few days to recover,” she said.

Carberry injured his left knee in a fall from Robin Du Bois, one of six horses to die at Killarney on Sunday, is hoping to return to the saddle at Kilbeggan on Saturday evening.

In the pair’s absence, Andrew McNamara can take advantage by guiding Peplum to victory in the Seamus Weldon Novice Chase at the main expense of Aggie’s Lad.

While the latter beat Peplum at Fairyhouse last month, McNamara’s mount can gain his revenge on this occasion as the tighter track and softer ground look sure to play to the strengths of Edward O’Grady’s recent Down Royal winner.

McNamara and O’Grady also have decent prospects of landing the handicap chase with Chaser’s Chance, which disappointed when favourite at Clonmel last week, but it may be worth taking a chance on Monsieur Monet which returns after a long absence.

The first of the four contests on the flat can go to Edward Lynam’s Captain Henry which was a a very good second to Coat Of Honour at Gowran Park last week. Pat Smullen’s mount probably has most to fear from Tommy Stack’s once-raced Light Stricker which has plenty scope for improvement.

Smullen can also finish off the evening with a winner as Dazzle Dancer can maintain its superiority over John Ox’s Sheridaniya, after the pair finished second and fifth respectively to Miss Keller at Gowran last week.

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