The clocks change, night sets in quicker & Horses jump over obstacles. Winter is well on its way, welcomed with open arms.
Ruby Walsh is back after suffering injuries last March that seen him sit out the remainder of the Cheltenham festival, & season. He didn't waste any time getting back to his old tricks, winning first time out, followed by another three consecutive wins. He's now 5 from 12 since being back, 3 of which, coming from Willie Mullins hand. On Sunday Ruby paired up with Mullins at Galway. Un Beau Roman was sent off favourite after a slight drift to 7/4. The French import had already dismissed shake the bucket last time out, but was unable to materialise success from that run after bumping The Black Russian coming over the last, allowing Ted Vale a clear run, on the run in.
Ruby contested the 2 mile 1 furlong track always there, or there about. Approaching the second last from home, Un Beau Roman blundered horrifically dismounting Ruby mid-jump. Pumbaa, who had also travelled well throughout, jumped the last & began the climb up the hill before home. Nothing could separate Cavite Beta, Mister Hotelier & Pumbaa. They jostled for positioning whilst the line approached, all looking to be in with a shout. It came down to Burke who managed to find more on Cavite Beta to get his mount up to win by half a length to Mister Hotelier.