Ruby Walsh tips: Five horses to put in your tracker this season with an eye on the Cheltenham Festival

RUBY WALSH reveals his top five horses to watch this National Hunt season.

As ever, it's worth popping these in your tracker as Cheltenham Festival approaches on the horizon.

CHACUN POUR SOI

Trainer: Willie Mullins

Ruby says: "I’ve partly picked him because I’m a Willie Mullins man, but I believe he is going to go for the Tingle Creek at Sandown on December 4 and take on Shishkin, so he’ll do it for me.

"Those bonus points would be nice to win early on."

APPRECIATE IT

Trainer: Willie Mullins

Ruby says: "He’s my novice chaser for the year ahead.

"He was a brilliant winner of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and with him being one of the best novice hurdlers, he has every chance of being one of the best novice chasers this season."

FIL DOR

Trainer: Gordon Elliott

Ruby says: "Who knows what juveniles are set to appear but he looked well above average on his hurdling debut at Down Royal in October and sets a high standard already."

MINELLA INDO

Trainer: Henry de Bromhead

Ruby says: "The Cheltenham Gold Cup winner made a pleasing start to his campaign at Down Royal and looks set to contest the three major races from Christmas on in his division – The King George, Irish Gold Cup and The Gold Cup.

"The one to beat in the biggest races for me."

KILCRUIT

Trainer: Willie Mullins

Ruby says: "Unlucky not to have won the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival but made amends on his next start at Punchestown and looks destined for top honours in the novice hurdler division this season."

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