Ruby Walsh and Valyssa Monterg a formidable team at Cork

French import likely to benefit from the drop back to two miles

Ruby Walsh: will partner the Willie Mullins-trained Valyssa Monterg at Cork in the McCarthy Insurance Group Rated Novice Hurdle. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ruby Walsh: will partner the Willie Mullins-trained Valyssa Monterg at Cork in the McCarthy Insurance Group Rated Novice Hurdle. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

 

At Cork today a low-key session begins with a hurdle featuring the Willie Mullins-trained and Rich Ricci-owned Valyssa Monterg.

The French import seemed to benefit from the drop back to two miles when winning at Tramore last month and, with Ruby Walsh again in the saddle, further improvement can see her follow up in the McCarthy Insurance Group Rated Novice Hurdle.

Robert Tyner’s Pulled Mussel was a good point-to-point, bumper and maiden hurdle winner and although last of five in Grade Two company last time, should give a good account now he drops back in class.

Velocity Boy was a well-backed winner at Limerick recently and is another to consider.

Dermot Weld sends useful Flat performer Show Court over hurdles for the first time in the McCarthy Insurance Group Maiden Hurdle. Show Court is opposed by bumper winners Patsio and Investmentsuccess, while French bumper winner Vent De La Cote is ridden by in-form jockey Mark Walsh.

The €16,500 McCarthy Insurance Group Handicap Chase might go to Terence O’Brien’s useful mare She’s Got Grit.

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