Ruby Walsh has been giving the Paddy Power blog his expert tips ahead of Saturday's Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown.
Walsh has admitted that "the Grade One Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown this Saturday is wide open," and with Sprinter Sacre and Sire De Grugy missing from the contest it certainly looks to be ultra-competitve.
But Walsh believes is still looks a good race and he commented: "Balder Succes is the ante-post favourite and meets God’s Own on 7lbs better terms after finishing second to him at Exeter. But I’m not so sure he’ll reverse the form with Tom George’s runner.
"God’s Own also beat Balder Succes at Punchestown last May and looks the real improver in the 2m division and that might just be the difference on the day.
"Dodging Bullets wasn’t far off in the Shloer Chase while Oscar Whisky drops back to 2m – but I’m not sure that will suit him.
Daryl Jacob riding Dodging Bullets.
"A lot of fences come at you rapidly at Sandown and I don’t think that will play to Oscar Whisky’s strengths. If he’s still in touching distance at the Pond fence he’ll come home best of them all but his jumping needs to hold up to keep in touch."
Walsh admitted that he is currently unsure who Willie Mullins will run in the feature and he added: "Willie has three entered at this stage but we’ll have to see who will travel. It may come a bit too soon for Ballycasey, Felix Yonger would need to improve but Twinlight jumps to his right so Sandown should suit. He was very impressive in the Fortria Chase at Navan.
"His win at the Punchestown Festival didn’t come until May last season so he’s entitled to run in the Henry VIII Novices Chase on the same card. If he swerves the big one he should win that."