Thursday 23 November 2017

Injury scare for Ruby after crashing Bellewstown fall

Ruby Walsh. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Ruby Walsh. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Thomas Kelly

Ruby Walsh suffered an injury scare and was stood down for the evening after taking a crashing fall in the Bellinter House Classic Mares Hurdle at Bellewstown.

The champion jockey was aboard 1/5 favourite Muthaza in the Bellinter House Classic Mares Hurdle and the partnership was going well in front when hitting the deck at the fourth flight.

Two of the runners in behind appeared to stand on the jockey. Walsh - who has two booked rides at Down Royal - walked to the ambulance, but gave up his two remaining rides.

"He's stiff and sore after getting kicked," said on-course Turf Club medical officer Dr Richard Downey. "He should be fine in a few days. He has no serious injuries."

Walsh's tumble left the door open for Gordon Elliott's 10/1 shot Water Sprite, which Jack Kennedy drove three and a half lengths clear from Colla Pier.

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Kennedy later completed a double aboard the Ado McGuinness-trained Black Label (5/1).

Walsh was also out of luck in the opener as he could only finish third on his father Ted's 15/8 favourite Aretesone behind the Paul Power-trained Bakers Street (8/1) in the hands of American-born Jeannie Cook.

Down at Tipperary, Tanaza upset the odds in the featured Coolmore Stud Fairy Bridge Stakes as she got the better of 8/15 favourite Creggs Pipes.

Dermot Weld's filly had been well beaten in a pair of Group Ones and a Group Two so far this term, but was travelling very well behind the pacesetting market leader, which had been expected to take advantage of the withdrawal of the classy Now Or Never.

Pat Smullen had to get serious on Tanaza (9/4) in the final furlong to overcome Creggs Pipes, but she eventually asserted close home to score by three and a half lengths.

Weld's son Kris said: "She is a classy filly and it is nice to see her return to her two-year-old form. Pat didn't get the run he wanted in the Coronation Stakes but she has now won two Group Threes and we might look for a Group Tow next - her next run will probably decide whether she returns next year."

Smullen added: "That's her right trip and I think a flat seven (furlongs) is ideal as she has plenty pace. The ground was slow enough for her and she will be a nicer filly on a nicer surface.

"She didn't come to hand early in the year - some fillies do that but we always thought a lot of her and she is only getting it together now."

Robert Cowell enjoyed another profitable raid from his Cambridgeshire base with his Spirit Quartz as he powered clear of his rivals in the Kilfrush Stud Abergwaun Stakes.

they (disciplinary panel) recognised that we have done nothing wrong. The treatment we put in was fine, we have just been unlucky.

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A winner of a Listed contest at Cork in June, the 12/1 chance had struggled twice after that, but was always going well near the head of affairs under Shane Foley. Once entering the final furlong the race was never in doubt, as he stretched clear to beat The Happy Prince by two and a quarter lengths, with Ostatnia taking third.

Earlier, Aidan O'Brien unleashed a nice-looking debutant as Latin Beat (2/1) floored the odds-on Son Of Rest in the Camas Park Stud EBF Maiden.

O'Brien said of the 2/1 winner: "You'd be very happy with that and he handled the ease in the ground well."

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