Walsh out to improve tasty Taunton strike-rate
RUBY WALSH has two excellent chances to improve his impressive strike-rate at Taunton this afternoon as he partners a pair of Paul Nicholls-trained hotpots.
The top jockey, who rode at Naas on Sunday despite suffering two crashing falls at Chepstow on Saturday, rides Sound Investment (8-13) in the opening maiden hurdle and Saphir Du Rheu (11-10) in the 2m1f novice hurdle.
A regular at the track, Walsh has a 49 per cent strike-rate in the last five years, while old rival Tony McCoy is also at the course for a strong book of rides.
The pick of his four appears to be recent Plumpton winner Cantlow (2.40), who bids for back-to-back wins en route to bigger targets in the spring.
The novice chaser's trainer Paul Webber said: "We're just trying to get in a bit more experience in little fields before he has to take on something bigger.
"He seems in good form and the more practice the better."
The all-weather meetings at Kempton and Wolverhampton complete Monday's line-up.
Taunton: Soft, heavy in places