Thursday 30 March 2017

RUBY back to conquer kingdom

Ruby Walsh makes his eagerly anticipated return to action at Listowel tomorrow when his sole ride is Tony Martin's Salute Him in the Kerrymaid Hurdle.

The eight-time Irish champion jockey has been on the sidelines since suffering a crushed vertebra in a fall at Killarney in July.

Salute Him was last seen finishing down the field in the Ebor at York, but Martin is hoping for better, now he reverts to hurdles.

"It's great to have Ruby back and I'm sure he's glad to be back in action himself," said Martin.

"We were a bit disappointed with Salute Him at York. Things didn't go right for him as he got caught a bit far back, but it wasn't the difference between winning and losing.

"He seems to have come out of it in good form and I just hope they don't get any more rain, as soft ground wouldn't help him."

Salute Him faces four rivals, including Gordon Elliott's smart Plan A and Jessica Harrington's Takeyourcapoff.

Irish Independent

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