Legendary Irish jockey Walsh has ridden over 2,500 winners including 58 winners at Cheltenham Festival since his first in 1998.
The 39-year-old will be looking to add to his tremendous haul when he takes to the Cheltenham Racecourse in Gloucestershire today.
And Walsh has given the inside scoop on who he thinks will come up trumps at Cheltenham in his column for Paddy Power.
Here are the horses he expects to come out on top on day one of the Cheltenham Festival.
1.30pm – Supreme Novices Hurdle
I think the forgotten horse of the race is Gordon Elliott’s Felix Desjy, he was very good at Punchestown on his last day out. He’ll go a strong gallop and that will suit my ride Klassical Dream. It’s very open, but Aragon has form at the highest level and could be value each-way in the opening race of Cheltenham 2019.
2.10pm – Arkle Chase
Duc Des Genievres ran well at Gowran Park for Willie Mullins on his last day out over two and a half miles. He has to improve on that to win the Arkle Chase here though. It’s a wide-open race, but Duc Des Genievres or the Gordon Elliot-trained Hardline are the two each-way bets for me.
2.50pm – Festival Handicap Chase
A 24-runner handicap at Cheltenham is always a tough one to pick the winner of, but Up For Review is in good form. He’ll appreciate any rain that falls overnight and he should have improved from his run in the Thyestes at Gowran Park. That should put him right in contention here and he is a ver good each-way chance.
3.30pm – Champions Hurdle
The more rain that falls, the better chance Laurina has in the Champion Hurdle. She’s in great form and she’s travelled well. Form wise, she has a lot to improve on to win this race. I saw Apples Jade on Monday morning, she looks great and Buveur D’Air is a dual champions who deserves more credit than he gets. I’m hoping Laurina steps up though.
4.10pm – Mares’ Hurdle
You don’t need to be a Tom Segal to see that Benie Des Dieux is my best chance of the week at Cheltenham. I rode her this morning and she’s in great form. Any rain will only help her and I reckon she’ll take a lot of beating. She looks great, she’s schooled really well and if she reproduces last year’s form, she’ll win.
4.50pm – Novices’ Handicap Chase
I fancy Plus Tard in this one. He beat Duc Des Genievres in a novice chase and many are giving her a chance in the Arkle. He is only a five-year-old and he definitely likes going left-handed. I believe he’s the best of the Irish in this one.
5.30pm – National Hunt Chase
I’d be disappointed if Ballward can’t uphold his form in seeing off Discorama. He’s in good order, he’s a good jumper who maybe lacks a bit of experience. But, I reckon it will be a shootout between Patrick Mullins and Derek O’Connor and I know who’s team I’m on.