RUBY WALSH: Voix Du Reve primed for Ryanair take-off

Burrows Saint and Ruby Walsh jump the last before going on to win the Hugh McMahon Memorial Novice Chase at Limerick last month. The pair will look to follow up in the Irish Grand National. Picture: Healy Racing

The whole of Ireland is basking in beautiful sunshine but I’m doing a rain dance. It’s getting warm and dry now, and Fairyhouse is drying up and Punchestown are pouring water on the course to beat the band. Let me be a spoilsport, I hope this weather breaks. I want it to rain.

The horses are in good order but, looking at the cards this Bank Holiday weekend, Willie has been selective about what he is running. He isn’t running Duc Des Genievres, Getabird or Chacun Pour Soi — they’ll all go to Punchestown. We have a big army of horses going there. Fairyhouse is right on top of Punchestown this year, so he has been selective, but Punchestown will be an all-out assault.

Willie runs seven in the Grade One mares’ novice hurdle on tomorrow’s card in Fairyhouse. Price-wise, Eglantine Du Seuil was a bit of a shock when she won the mares’ novice at Cheltenham but if you read through her form it wasn’t that big a shock.

She had a good run in Listowel when behind Triplicate and Aramon, and she was wasn’t beaten that far. Noel Fehily gave her a great ride in Cheltenham. I probably didn’t fancy her in Cheltenham because she had missed a bit of time after Listowel. I didn’t think she’d be ready, but she proved me wrong. You’d be hoping she would have improved since then and that’s why I went for her.

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