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Tipping Tim’s Weekend Bets

Ruby Walsh is in danger of becoming horseracing’s Matt Le Tissier. I’m not comparing them in terms of ability, because playing elite football is obviously considerably harder than riding a horse, but both were as gifted as anyone in their chosen fields yet were content to go through the motions against inferior opposition. Ruby Walsh has already ridden three-hundred winners in Ireland this week, yet you would struggle to name any of them and the biggest priced one returned 1/3.

Neither Ruby nor Matt Le Tissier will be riding in the Fixed Brush Hurdle at Haydock on Saturday (2.25), but my weekend nap is and that will do for me. Two Rockers looks like the ideal type for this slog-fest and, apart from one shocker behind a future Champion Hurdler at the Festival, he barely put a hoof wrong last season. Alan King has targeted this race for some time and, with Wayne Hutchinson finally getting the rides he deserves, everything looks in place for a big run.

The next best this weekend has to be Bobs Worth in the Betfair Chase (3.00 Haydock). This is a cracking renewal and you could make a case for pretty much any of the eight runners, but Bobs Worth has the pace to beat a Champion Hurdler (Rock On Ruby) and the stamina to win a Gold Cup, and I think he will take the world of beating on Saturday.

For the Trixie I will have a heart-over-head bet on wonderful old-timer Golden Desert in the 1.25 Lingfield. Simon Dow’s reliable servant is the second most talented nine-year-old in flat racing (after Oisin Murphy) and, having bounced back to form at Kempton last Thursday, he might just bag a tenth career win this weekend.

Good luck with all your bets!