Broken leg spells more misery for Ruby
Ruby Walsh faces months on the sidelines after suffering a fracture of his tibia and fibula in his right leg in a fall at Down Royal yesterday.
Walsh was in high spirits going into the ride on Corrick Bridge in the Rainbow Telecom Handicap Chase, having earlier won on Paul Nicholls' Kauto Star, who returned to action in the JNwine.com Champion Chase.
In the very next race he partnered The Nightingale to success in the Grade Two Ladbrokes.com Chase, which meant he had won both of the big events on the card.
However, Walsh came crashing down on Tony Martin's Corrick Bridge at the fifth fence and was taken from the track in an ambulance.
Walsh was brought to Lagan Valley Hospital initially and Irish Turf Club medical officer Dr Adrian McGoldrick was in the ambulance with him. The jockey was then transferred to the Royal Victoria in Belfast where the break was confirmed.
"I've just left the hospital and he's definitely fractured his right tibia and fibula," said McGoldrick. "He'll be kept in hospital overnight and be observed. His X-rays will be looked at by a specialist and all being well he'll be operated on in the morning.
"In a few days he will then see his own specialist Bill Quinlan, and at that stage he will have a better prognosis of how long he will be out for. It's a real sickener for Ruby, he's not been back long, but it's the nature of the game I'm afraid."
Kauto Star had to pull out all the stops against two young horses certain to win more races in Sizing Europe and China Rock.
Walsh nursed the 10-year-old round and four fences from home all three horses were still going well enough. However, Kauto Star's class eventually shone through and the 4/7 favourite added yet another Grade One to his incredible haul, with Sizing Europe seeing out the three-mile trip well for second.
As Kauto Star was last seen in public taking a heavy fall in the Gold Cup, Nicholls was especially pleased with his jumping. "It was just the start we wanted, he jumped great today which is just what we wanted him to do and we can go on from here," he said.
"If he's back fresh and well and cantering he might go to the Hennessy, but if I find he's a bit quiet and I need to give him a couple of weeks off he won't go for that race."
Paddy Power make Kauto Star 6/4 favourite from 7/4 for the King George on St Stephen's Day. William Hill are unchanged at 7/4 for the King George.