Ruby Walsh’s selections for Saturday’s ITV Racing

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I’m going for Moonlight. He finished fifth in this race last year and lost 3 pounds. He then returned in February and beat Dolos at Sandown to return to a 147 rating. He finished fifth behind Editeur Du Gite on his last run in December, but before that he had had two disappointing runs at Cheltenham and Exeter . Nick Williams will have improved it since December and he is at 141 on a course he loves. It will make me!

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I take the side Gray Diamond for Jack Tudor and Sam Thomas. Jack takes 3 pounds off his back to bring him back from the monster 12-2 to 11-13 weight. He is at the bottom of the year and he will be fine. Sam Thomas coached the Welsh national winner over Christmas and I hope Gray Diamond will be another winner for him.

Constitution Hill is unenforceable in my book. I wouldn’t oppose him but would I support him at his expense? Probably not. I loved what he did in Sandown the last time he beat Might I, who I thought wasn’t a bad horse after watching him win at Newton Abbott. I loved everything Constitution Hill did – the way he picked up, the way he jumped, the way he hit the line.

Among the others, Datsalrightgino fought really well under Gavin Sheehan to beat Jpr One at Cheltenham last time around and at first glance Mr. Glass’s form is not strong enough. I’m not sure Datsalrightgino will follow Constitution Hill home, maybe Mr. Glass will. Paul Nicholls had a lot of options for him and he came here to lead him in a grade 1 and he usually doesn’t do that for a day.

I’m going for Getalead like a punt in each direction. He won over 2m 5f at Wincanton in October and followed with wins at Warwick and Ascot. It was then disappointing at Taunton in December and did not start. He could bounce into this one and it’s a great price every way.

I want to Gwencily Berbas, who won well on his last departure to Exeter in December. He put on 8 pounds for the win, but putting his lead back in front of him could have done him a lot of good.

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Stolen money for Jack Tudor and Sam Thomas is the obvious. He had a mad race behind Editeur Du Gite in Cheltenham in November. He was then fourth behind Edwardstone in the Henry VIII at Sandown. He is the best horse with the best form.

I can see why Hermes Boy is leading the market, but I side with Natural History. He was too keen on his last start at Doncaster in December, but Gary and Jamie Moore have a strong record at Sandown. It’s a good cry all over the place.

Ruby Walsh’s Best Bets:

Sandown 13.50 – Moonlight
Wincanton 14.05 – Gray Diamond
Sandown 14.25 – Constitution Hill
Wincanton 14.40 – Getalead (Every Sense)
Sandown 15.00 – Gwencily Berbas
Wincanton 15.15 – Stolen Money
Sandown 15.35 – Natural history

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