Cheltenham

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Twitter death threats are unsettling, says Ruby Walsh

Kirsty Blake Knox

Published 19/03/2014|02:30

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Injured jockey Ruby Walsh at at WhiteWater Shopping Centre in Newbridge
Injured jockey Ruby Walsh at at WhiteWater Shopping Centre in Newbridge
Ruby and Ted Walsh at the Whitewater Shopping Centre Newbridge. Photo: Anthony Woods
Ruby and Ted Walsh at the Whitewater Shopping Centre Newbridge. Photo: Anthony Woods

Cheltenham hero Ruby Walsh has said that death threats received during the festival were deeply unsettling because of the impact they could have on his children.

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The jockey, whose wife Gillian is expecting their third child this week, was targeted online after he made comments about the death of former Triumph Hurdle winner Our Conor.

"It's spineless people that tweet, I'm 35 so I can ignore it," he told the Irish Independent.

"But I would worry for my kids that people could tweet them.

"Bullying on Twitter is a serious problem.

"There is no place for bullies."

Despite the abuse, Walsh stood by his statement that "horses are animals and animals are pets.

"I don't apologise for what I said and stand over it."

"Horses are animals and you keep them out your back door, you don't keep your family out your back door."

The jockey who broke his arm at the Cheltenham festival, also said he was "in the dark" as to when he would make a full recovery.

INJURIES

"I've had far too many injuries at this stage but I'm still standing," he said.

Walsh was speaking at an event to mark the eighth anniversary of Whitewater Shopping Centre in Kildare, which his father Ted attended.

"I doubt I will be riding again this season, I hope to make a good recovery for next season but I'm still a bit in the dark at the moment," he said.

Irish Independent

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