Ruby Walsh’s top picks for Saturday’s ITV Racing


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Sir Michael Stoute’s yard is in good shape. He looked like boss power needed the race on 11f at Kempton last time. His last two wins have come in all-weather, but he had won a much lower grade on grass at York before that. Back at a mile and a half, there’s definitely a run in Boss Power. If he’s unlucky with Saturday’s draw, it’s worth keeping an eye out for what’s next!


I tipped Al Aasy when he was a non-runner in Chester. I think he wants to come back on the trip but he came back almost a mile and a half here so I’m going to go against him with Stowell. He had a great comeback run behind Max Vega at Newbury and progressed before finishing last of five behind Yibir at Newmarket in the Bahrain Trophy.

Natural World won at Newbury last time out, but Lionel caught the eye in this race as he drove home. I wouldn’t be surprised if they changed places. Walk Of Stars beat Hafit at Newbury but we saw New London blow up at Chester in the week so I’ll take a chance Lionel.

Anna Bunina was good at Ayr to win the Scottish Champion Hurdle but the pitch is key to her chances. Mark McDonagh goes up to take off the 5 pound hike but I like the max weight milk wood. He was second behind Saldier in the Galway Hurdle then went to Uttoxeter when he was well beaten by Faivoir. He ran well on his return to Ayr in the Scottish Champion Hurdle and I think he has improved for this race. If we get a decent pitch, I’ll be with him.



Emily Dickinson is out of Chicquita, the Irish Oaks winner Johnny Murtagh rode, who was a tricky customer herself. Emily Dickinson certainly wasn’t knocked out at Leopardstown in April and I got the feeling watching Ryan Moore that day that he always thought she was going to win at Naas in his run after that. I accept that the form may not have been the strongest but I loved the way it hit the line. There are a lot of improvements to come from Emily Dickinson so I’m with her!

Hopefully the reappearance of Spirit Of The Bay at Doncaster over a mile means the steep, straight mile at Ascot will provide that bit of improvement needed. Clive Cox is a very good coach so Spirit of the bay at a one-way price will do for me!

thunder beauty did very well at Ascot in a Listed behind With Thanks and She Do just behind her. She has some value. I know it’s Thunder Beauty’s first race of the season, but it’s also She Do’s. I don’t think there should be such a big price difference between the two.

The one that jumped off the page for me is A ruler. There must be a reason he’s here. He looked like Godolphin’s second stringer in last year’s Epsom Derby based on jockey bookings and he’s come a long way from that trip at 7f here. He won the distance as a two year old and maybe Charlie Appleby thinks he threw the 107. There must be a reason for that and James Doyle rides at Ascot too rather than Lingfield.

Ruby Walsh’s best bets:

1:45 Ascot – Boss Power
2:20 Ascot–Stowell
2:40 Lingfield–Lionel
3:00 Haydock – Milkwood
3:15 Lingfield – Emily Dickinson
3.30pm Ascot – Spirit of the Bay
3:50 Lingfield – Thunder Beauty
4:05 Ascot – One rule

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