RUBY WALSH has spoken of her shock at a former Cheltenham Festival winner – calling her award “ridiculous”.
The legendary jockey was speaking on the Paddy Power From The Horse’s Mouth podcast.
He was breaking down the Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase, where Mount Ida, Elimay and Concertista battle for patronage.
But there is a lower name that caught Walsh’s attention.
And, given her form and track history, the 42-year-old was well within her rights to single it out.
Last year’s Champion Chase winner Put The Kettle On, coached by Henry of Bromhead, won 10-1.
The eight-year-old won just under £170,000 with a victory in the Championship race last year under jockey Aidan Coleman.
Walsh said he thinks given his history the horse, who was a disappointing last about 42 lengths behind Mount Ida in his last run, has experience on his side.
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Asked about his choice, Walsh said: “Do I see Concertista or Elimay being shorter in the penultimate race of the Festival? No, I don’t think so.
“So from an ante post perspective, the value is in Put The Kettle On or Zambella.
“Put The Kettle On at 10-1, has achieved way more than any of these mares and if she bounces back it’s a ridiculous price.”
Walsh was at pains to emphasize that this was an open revival, but highlighted the form of the concert performer trained by Willie Mullins.
The eight-year-old picked up two quick wins at the end of last year after a second seed behind Black Tears in the Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle last year.
Walsh said: “Concertista is a very good mare, she’s a low and precise jumper, the trip shouldn’t be a problem for her, but I think it’s a competitive race.
“A lot of people would argue about that, but I think you could pick any of the two here and pick the wrong one.”
Mrs. Paddy Power Mares’ Chase NRMB
5-2 Concert performer
3-1 Elimay, Mount Ida
4-1 Etel River
8-1 The queen of gaze, Zambella
10-1 Gin On Lime, turn on the kettle
16-1 Scarlet And Dove, Court of Vienna
20-1 Agusta Gold, Dolcita, Global Equities
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