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Walsh – I doubt I'll be racing this season

CHELTENHAM hero Ruby Walsh said he was "in the dark" as to when he would make a full recovery to racing after surgery on his broken arm.

The jockey said that he is waiting to see a specialist as soon as the swelling goes down following the operation last Friday after a fall in Cheltenham.

"I doubt I will be riding again this season, I hope to make a good recovery for next season," he said.

Meanwhile, Walsh admitted he worries for his family after receiving death threats in the wake of comments about deceased horse Our Conor.

Walsh received abusive messages and death threats after he said that horses were essentially replaceable after the death of the Triumph Hurdle champ.

CHILDREN

Walsh said that tweets and Facebook comments, including one which said he should have his "skull crushed", didn't affect him, but he was concerned that people could tweet abuse at his children.

"It's spineless people that tweet, I'm 35 so I can ignore it," he said. "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," he said.

The jockey's wife is expecting their third child later this week while he is recovering after surgery on a broken arm after a fall at the Cheltenham festival.

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," he said.

The jockey was talking at the eighth anniversary of Whitewater Shopping Centre in Kildare.

"As a Kildare man I think it's nice to have something like this outside of Dublin and a huge asset to the town and the community," he added.

A number of Kildare's leading sports, political and business people such as Derby winning jockey Kevin Manning and his wife Una, former Olympian Jessica Harrington, Bill Cullen and Jackie Lavin were also in attendance.

CMURPHY@HERALD.IE


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