Ruby Walsh gives us his honest opinion on how he thinks he will fare at Limerick today.
Ruby talks about his ride, the 2nd favourite Mulleady, and the need to reverse their form against the favourite Burrenbridge Lodge.
“Burrenbridge Lodge is 4 pounds lighter than he should be and he beat us readily in Listowel in the Lartigue Hurdle, although he did run last weekend in Tipperary. It’s going to be hard to reverse the form and we’re still wrong in handicap terms.
I’d say Listowel was a career best for Mulleady and she’d have to run to that and a bit with it to beat Burrenbridge Lodge.”
Ruby on his decision to ride Zuzka over Letherbelucky for Willie Mullins.
“It was a toss of the coin to tell you the truth but I decided on Zuzka who is by Flemensfirth rather than Leherbelucky who is by Luso under softening ground. I thought Noel Meade’s horse, Busty Brown, was very impressive in Roscommon last week and Ted Veale stayed at it well to win in Listowel. I think the two of them will be the major two in this race. I hope I’m on the right horse but I don’t know to tell you the truth.”
Ruby rides Themoonandsixpence in the big race of the day and explains why he pulled him up early at Listowel in his last outing.
“He was never going at Listowel, the ground was deep and very hacky and he wasn’t ever handling it so I pulled him up early. Unless he falls at one of the first three fences it’s not going to be harder to run better than he did at Listowel.
To be honest we were quite disappointed and surprised that he never asked it at all. The ground will probably be too slow for him again at Limerick so it’s hope rather than expectation. He has to run somewhere and with his handicap mark you’re quite limited in where he can go. this is the natural progression from Listowel and I’m hoping that he’ll at least complete. Listowel was very disappointing and other than the ground we’ve no real explanation for it.”
Ruby rides False Economy in this race, a horse he has won twice and finished second on in their three races together.
“This is a cracking race. Rathlin goes at a good old gallop which will suit False Economy. Again the ground will be a worry, the two times I’ve won on him I think it was at least good ground. I was a bit disappointed with him when he came second in Tipperary but the winner that day, Great Oak, has gone on to record some big wins since.
He is pretty much ground dependent, he’s a very light action horse. He does handle better ground really well, he travelled well for a long way in the Power Gold Cup but trotted down the straight to be beaten by a considerable distance by Flemenstar.
He’s a good jumper on the whole, touch wood, but the ground could be an issue. If he could handle the ground I’d say he’d go very close but I can’t guarantee you he will.”