Wednesday 28 September 2016

Ruby sprains ankle in Clonmel fall

Published 01/04/2016 | 02:30

Ruby Walsh suffered an injury scare a week before the start of the Grand National meeting after spraining his left ankle in a fall at Clonmel yesterday. Photo: Reuters
Ruby Walsh suffered an injury scare a week before the start of the Grand National meeting after spraining his left ankle in a fall at Clonmel yesterday. Photo: Reuters

Ruby Walsh suffered an injury scare a week before the start of the Grand National meeting after spraining his left ankle in a fall at Clonmel yesterday.

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Ireland's leading jump jockey was stood down for the rest of the day after taking a tumble from the Willie Mullins-trained Bleu Berry at the final flight when in second place behind eventual winner Alamein in the opening Easter Holidays Maiden Hurdle.

He was able to go back to the weighing room but was taken off his only other mount on the card, Michael Hourigan's The Job Is Right in the Suir Valley Chase.

Irish Turf Club doctor John Downey said: "Ruby will ice his ankle when he arrives home and we'll decide from there."

Elsewhere, Jerry McGrath will be handed an exciting first ride in the National when he is reunited with the Nicky Henderson-trained Triolo d'Alene on Saturday week.

McGrath, 25, will be hoping the former Hennessy winner, which took the 2013 Topham Chase over the big green fences, fares better than in his attempt two years ago, when he was pulled up before Becher's Brook second time around after making a mistake.

The pair coasted clear in a Listed chase at Kempton in early January.

Henderson will also saddle Hadrian's Approach, to be ridden by Nico de Boinville, in the National and said yesterday: "Both horses schooled over the Aintree fences in Lambourn and it seemed to go well. Hopefully we'll get decent ground."

It was a busy morning in Lambourn as the past two National winners were out and about. Dr Richard Newland's Pineau De Re, which still needs 10 horses to drop out, visited to pop over the replica fences, while Many Clouds impressed watchers when schooling on the all-weather.

Irish Independent

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