paddypower-630x504Paddy Power Racing Ambassador Ruby Walsh maintains that Samcro will have to come out fighting if he’s to rattle Buveur D’Air in this weekend’s Fighting Fifth.

In his latest column with Paddy Power News ( he also discusses the thin line between skill and luck in the racing game – adding that like Ireland’s success against the All Blacks, some lucky breaks can, in part, simply come down to the bounce of a ball.

A Classic Fighting Fifth On The Cards?...

On this weekend’s highlight at Newcastle , Ruby said: “The Fighting Fifth looks like a mini Champion Hurdle in the making, with Samcro set to take on reigning champ Buvuer D’Air, last year’s Supreme Novice winner, Summerville Boy, and his Down Royal conqueror, Bedrock. It will make for a fascinating race.”

But he believes Buveur D’Air has the upper hand over Samcro in this one.

“The dual Champion Hurdle winner has been there, done that and bought the T-shirt so he is the one for me. Samcro is arguably open to the most improvement in the field but the fast track around Newcastle will play to Buveur D’Air strengths,” he says.

“Does Buveur D’Air have the advantage because he’s at home? I’m not so sure. He doesn’t have to cross an ocean but Newcastle is a long, long, way from Lambourn,” he points out.

A Change Of Luck In The Monksfield..

Last weekend, Walsh delivered Easy Game with a gripping last-minute surge to win by a neck and a head at the line, in a dramatic renewal of the Monksfield Novice Hurdle at Navan.

Asked if he took more satisfaction from this particularly impressive display given the recent pressure to turn his luck around, Ruby explained that in the face of criticism, sometimes it takes more courage NOT to change your game.

Davy (Russell on Dinons) made a choice and he went out and I went in. They are the split-second decisions that you can’t control. That’s luck.”

He continued: “It’s like the Irish ringer in the rugby Jacob Stockdale – his chip over the New Zealand number 8, who blocked it down and then knocked it on – I mean how lucky was that? To miss the chip and then for the New Zealander to knock it on, his luck was in. And then he chips his own ball through two minutes later and it bounced up into his arms and he scored a try. He had no control over that, that’s the bounce of a ball. That’s just luck. Those things either happen for you or they don’t. That’s sport.

He adds: “Instinct has a role to play but it’s more than that. In my case, you can do the right thing, but the wrong horse can fall in front of you. There are some things you can’t control.”

“The biggest mistake you can make is to change what you’re doing. I’ve ridden thousands of winners. It’s having the courage not to change what you’re doing. Things will turn around. Just keep tipping away,” he says.

This article is by *Paddy Power News columnist Ruby Walsh**, visit the site for more information.

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