Wednesday 23 October 2019

Ruby hoping to remain part of Mullins set-up

Ruby Walsh. Photo: Sportsfile
Ruby Walsh. Photo: Sportsfile
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Ruby Walsh says he hopes to continue to play a part for Willie Mullins' stable despite his retirement from the saddle.

The 12-time champion Irish jump jockey signed off his glittering career by steering Kemboy to victory for the Closutton trainer in Wednesday's Punchestown Gold Cup. He told Mullins of his decision as he dismounted, and news quickly spread to racegoers and racing fans everywhere.

Speaking on Racing TV a day later, Walsh confirmed his aim to remain directly involved at Mullins' yard.

"I hope to have a role there," he said. "It's been part of my life since I left school.

"I'd like to stay fit - I don't plan on getting too heavy - so yes, of course, I'd like to have a role there.

"We'll have a chat about it, and see how it works out for everyone."

Walsh explained why he believes he and Mullins had such a successful relationship.

"I'd say trust made it work," he said. "You're always involved, and Willie likes input - you can see that with staff and the way the yard is set up and the system it works on.

"He's ultimately in charge, but he does expect you to be thinking outside the box."

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