Tuesday 24 October 2017

Ruby bags Long Run for Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris

Jockey Ruby Walsh
Jockey Ruby Walsh

Ruby Walsh will partner Long Run for the first time in today's Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris at Auteuil.

Sam Waley-Cohen, son of the owner Robert, has been ever-present in the saddle since the nine-year-old joined trainer Nicky Henderson five years ago, guiding him to glory in the 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup and successive renewals of the King George VI Chase at Kempton.

However, the Grade One contest forms part of the popular 'Quinte' bet today and French rules do not allow amateurs to ride in such races, which means Waley-Cohen cannot take the mount.

"It's very disappointing Sam is not being allowed to ride him and, in my opinion, the reasons are invalid," said Robert Waley-Cohen.

"Just because you don't get paid to ride doesn't mean you don't have talent or the ability to do it. Sam will be there so he can tell Ruby about the horse and we're looking forward to the race."

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