Friday 18 August 2017

Ruby lashes out at Aintree ban

Nick Robson

Ruby Walsh was left fuming after being found guilty of using his whip with excessive frequency when winning on Edgardo Sol at Aintree.

Walsh, who had earlier finished last of three on red-hot favourite Master Minded in the Old Roan Chase, won the Betfred Bundles Novices' Limited Handicap Chase but was found to have used his whip more than the allotted eight times allowed under the new regulations.

There was a slight delay to the following race as the jockeys refused to enter the paddock; however they were eventually persuaded. After being told of his ban by the stewards, the Irish ace appeared outside the weighing room before taking his mount on Gansey in the two-and-a-half-mile handicap chase, saying: "Who found my ride ridiculous? Come on, where's this public perception we keep getting told about." He later added: "If that ride deserves five days this game is done for."

Walsh was banned for five days and will miss November 5-9 inclusive. The most significant fixture Walsh is set to miss is at Down Royal on November 5, a card featuring the Champion Chase.

Edgardo Sol's trainer Paul Nicholls said on his Twitter account: "Nice day with three winners RUINED by Ruby's five-day ban after awesome ride on Edgardo Sol. And Ruby just told me he can't ride Kauto Stone and The Nightingale at Down Royal on November 5. Beyond a joke."

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