Rough day for Ruby
FRIDAY the 13th proved unlucky for Ruby Walsh in more ways than one at Downpatrick. The former champion jockey travelled up North for just one ride, Hold Em Cowboy, and it was expected to prove a winning one as Gordon Elliott's charge started 4/7 favourite.
For most of the Downpatrick Handicap Chase, it looked as if Walsh's journey would prove worthwhile and, approaching the second last fence, he closed rapidly on leader Slew Charm.
However, Hold Em Cowboy made a dreadful error at the obstacle and came a cropper -- allowing Slew Charm to record a comfortable success for Noel McParlan for Banbridge trainer Sarah Dawson.
To rub salt into the jockey's wounds, there was no food in the racecourse canteen according to one of his tweets. "Hate the way some irish tracks look after jockeys, go to canteen for something to eat and nothing left! Bad form from downpatrick," the Kill native revealed.
Most impressive winner on the card was the Charles Byrnes-trained Arnaud, which returned from a summer break with victory in the Customer Care Christmas Hurdle. Winner of two races over fences, Arnaud had little trouble with inferior opposition and the 4/5 favourite made all under Davy Russell to beat Seskinane by six and a half lengths.