Friday 24 May 2019

'I'm like a bad smell' - Ruby Walsh rubbishes 'retirement' rumours

Ruby Walsh celebrates with Burrows Saint after winning the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse
Ruby Walsh celebrates with Burrows Saint after winning the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse

Harry Clarke

Twelve-time champion jockey Ruby Walsh has insisted he has no plans of retiring any time soon.

There has been some talk recently that the legendary jockey may call time on his glittering career with his 40th birthday approaching.

One theory is that Walsh would retire after his next big winner. That did not materialise when he failed to reach the winners enclosure at the Aintree Grand National recently but he did secure a first-ever Irish Grand National for Willie Mullins when partnering Burrows Saint to glory on Easter Monday.

When it was put to him that some fans believed if he won either the Aintree or Irish Grand National he would make an announcement, Walsh told Paddy Power: "Well I didn't, did I?"

And when asked if he intends to stick around, he replied: "Yes, I'm like a bad smell."

Walsh, who has recorded 212 Grade 1 winners in the saddle, will be hoping the likes of Klassical Dream, Min, Allaho and Benie Des Dieux will add to his impressive haul of big race winners at next week's Punchestown Festival.

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