The Ruby Walsh column: Racing TV is an exciting change

By Ruby Walsh
Tue 4 Dec 2018

Racing UK ambassador Ruby Walsh reflects on the announcement of Racing TV and some of the key performances from last week plus gives a horse to add to your Racing UK trackers.

I'm looking forward to the launch of Racing TV on January 1
I'm looking forward to the launch of Racing TV on January 1

The announcement of Racing TV on Saturday seemed to go down well. The reaction, from what I have read and heard, has been good.

It will be a change but it’s an exciting change and will be good for Racing TV viewers.

People will obviously have to get used to it as it will be on a new platform and there will also be new presenters, but it will all be in HD and I think it will be good.

Just because I am part of the team of Irish presenters doesn’t mean I am going to be retiring anytime soon.

Weekend reflections:

If anything, Buveur D’Air enhanced his reputation in the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle on Saturday and he looked outstanding.

He’s a dual champion hurdler and is an incredible horse who hasn’t been beat since he was a novice.

His jumping, apart from the last, was so quick and accurate.

The Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury on Saturday was a test and Sizing Tennessee looked like he stayed the best.

They went a ferocious gallop and it suited the winner. It was a great result for the Tizzards to train the first two home.

Delta Work and Le Richebourg had a great battle in the Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse on Sunday.

Going forward, Le Richebourg really does like good ground and Delta Work might improve for a step up in trip, but he has a bit to find on hurdles form with the likes of Next Destination.

It is an exciting time of the year as we have seen impressive performances from Kalashnikov, Lalor and Mengli Khan recently as well. The Christmas period is sure to be informative.

Buveur D'Air impressed me at Newcastle on Saturday
Buveur D'Air impressed me at Newcastle on Saturday

Apple’s Jade prefers going right-handed:

Apple’s Jade produced a spectacular performance to win the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle for the third time at Fairyhouse on Sunday.

There was no hiding place from the off as Patrick Mullins set a good pace on Wicklow Brave and the gallop was relentless.

I was going faster than I wanted to be going on Limini a mile and a half from home.

Buveur D’Air was impressive at Newcastle on Saturday, but Apple's Jade was just as good at Fairyhouse.

I think Apple’s Jade benefits from going right-handed. She jumps out to her right which you saw at Cheltenham and Punchestown last season.

If she is up against a horse like Buveur D’Air in the Champion Hurdle and is losing half a length at each hurdle, it’s not ideal.

Apple's Jade produced a superb performance at Fairyhouse on Sunday
Apple's Jade produced a superb performance at Fairyhouse on Sunday

Saglawy is one to follow:

Saglawy is an improving horse and ran encouragingly in the 2m handicap hurdle at Fairyhouse on Sunday.

I spent a lot of the race trying to get him to settle as it was his first run of the season and he was quite keen.

I think the winner had a bit in hand at the finish, so I don’t think Saglawy would have won even if he had not made a mistake at the last.

You would have to think he can remain competitive in handicap hurdles throughout the rest of the season.

Quick Grabim has lots of potential:

The race suited Quick Grabim in the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse on Sunday as there were only four runners and there wasn’t much pace. It was easy for me to sit in front and he has lots of speed and a good turn of foot.

He is a second-season novice, so had a huge amount of experience over the opposition as he had run over hurdles a couple of times last season, and we put his experience to good use.

His jumping was slick and very quick. The six-year-old is an improving horse and has lots of potential.

Quick ground suits him and with the way the weather is at the moment, Leopardstown at Christmas could be quite dry, so he should have a great chance there.

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