RUBY Walsh has revealed why Klassical Dream should be backed in the first race of Cheltenham today.
The 11-time leading jockey at Cheltenham spoke to Paddy Power on the opening day of the rain-soaked meet.
Walsh is riding the 9/2 second-favourite Klassical Dream in the first race – the 1.30pm Sky Bet Supreme Novices Hurdle and said.
“I think he’s a great chance,” the 39-year-old said.
“The more rain that falls, the better his chances.
“He jumps and he stays, he handles soft ground so I’m looking forward to it.”
After the 1.30 race, Walsh will be hoping to bring home the prestigious Champion Hurdle at 3.30pm, with third favourite Laurina.
“She has a lot to improve,” he said.
“She’s the outsider of the big three, hopefully there’s no omen in there.
“The more rain that falls, the better her chances will be, but still going to be very hard.
“But it’s still going to be very hard.”
The likeliest winner for Walsh and trainer Willie Mullins is 11/10 favourite Benie Des Dieux in the 4.10pm Mares Hurdle.
“She’s a massive chance, she handles soft ground well so if it rains down all day it’s not going to bother me,” he added.
“She’s fit, she’s well, I think the main danger is our own mares and I think Benie is the best of those.”