Walsh cautious about Vroum Mag Newbury start

Ruby Walsh
Ruby Walsh

Ruby Walsh feels Newbury’s Hennessy Gold Cup could come too soon for Vroum Vroum Mag as the exciting mare prepares to make her seasonal reappearance at Clonmel today.

The Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old barely came off the bridle in winning each of her five starts over fences last season and will make her first competitive start since April in the European Breeders Fund T.A. Morris Memorial Mares Chase.

She is as short as 8-1 for the Hennessy on November 28, but Walsh is unsure whether she will make the trip.

“I know Vroum Vroum Mag is short in the betting for the Hennessy Gold Cup, but she will run on Thursday at Clonmel as the conditions there suit her,” Walsh told Racing UK.

“Hopefully she’ll be ready to run and is in good form. It may be too soon to run in the Hennessy after that. She has summered really well and it looks an ideal starting point for her.

“She ran in the mares’ chases last year and could not have been any more impressive. She’s rated 153 so she’s probably not high enough to step up to Grade One chases.