Ruby Walsh’s Cheltenham Festival 2021 Tips: Cheat Sheet for all 4 days of Cheltenham

Ruby Walsh is a legend of the game and one of the best National Hunt jockeys ever – now he is giving his Cheltenham Festival tips to the Paddy power blog and as we get them, they will appear on this page.

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Ruby Walsh’s Cheltenham Tips Cheat Sheet

Ruby Walsh Cheltenham cheat sheet

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Ruby Walsh’s Cheltenham NAP Each Day

Day 1: Mares Novices Hurdle – Concertista

Day 2: Monkfish and Chacun Pour Soi double

Day 3: Marsh Novices’ Chase – Envoi Allen

Day 4: Gold Cup – Al Boum Photo


Marsh Novices Chase: Envoi Allen

“A relatively new race and the most perfect horse in training – Envoi Allen – is an odds-on shot. I said I wouldn’t be backing Shishkin at odds-on in the Arkle, but I’d have no worries on that score for Envoi Allen. He’s unbeaten so far in his bumper, hurdles and chasing career, so what’s going to beat him now?”

“The Dan Skelton-trained Shan Blue has made the running the last couple of times, but Envoi Allen may be better getting a lead, so he has options.”

“Envoi Allen looks very hard to oppose and is nearly ‘value’ at the price in the non-runner money back market.”


Gold Cup: Al Boum Photo

“By going straight from Tramore to the Cheltenham Gold Cup, people don’t see much of Al Boum Photo. Therefore he doesn’t ingrain in their minds like horses they see more of, and they don’t have the same affiliation for him. That being said, if he can go back and win a third Gold Cup then what’s to say that he won’t go back and win a fourth?”

“He won last year’s race against the run of play – it was a race completely run to not suit him, as well as Santini in second – and I would argue they only finished there because the jockeys on their backs (Paul Townend and Nico de Boinville) realised they had gone too slow for two stayers. They set sail and turned it into a one-mile sprint.”

“Al Boum Photo won a race that went against him, and looking at the make-up of this year’s race with Frodon and Native River, it could suit him more. He could be hard to beat and he could potentially join illustrious company and become a triple Gold Cup winner. That’s a hell of training performance, and from the horse and the rider. I hope he does it.”

“I got him beaten in a maiden hurdle at Fairyhouse on his first start, and then we won at Thurles after that. Paul then won on him at Fairyhouse but even standing in the yard, Patrick Mullins often says if someone pointed to Al Boum Photo and said “that’s a dual Gold Cup winner” you would be thinking “how?” He’s not that imposing, he doesn’t stand out from the string, he’s just a normal horse and he has terrific stamina. He has a great cruising speed, he’s very sound and his jumping is fine. He has learnt to get himself from A to B but his jumping is not his strongest point. However, he can stay incredibly well and that’s what Gold Cup winners do.”


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