Sport Horse Racing

Wednesday 21 August 2019

Ruby: I've been so lucky from day one

Jockey Ruby Walsh
Jockey Ruby Walsh

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Ruby Walsh has partnered many household names during his career and was quick to pay tribute to the likes of dual Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Kauto Star and Champion Hurdle hero Hurricane Fly.

Walsh said: "I've been so lucky from day one to ride so many incredible horses. I never dreamt that I'd get to ride the likes of the equine athletes that I rode.

"No jockey is any good without the horses - the horses are such a huge part of it.

"From the very beginning - Imperial Call here 20 years ago to Alexander Banquet, Kauto Star, Big Buck's, Master Minded, Denman, Hurricane Fly, Quevega, Annie Power, Kemboy, Un De Sceaux - you name them!

"In anyone's lifetime, I rode all the best ones."

Walsh admitted he felt the time was right to hang up his saddle and is now planning to expand his burgeoning media career, rather than switching to the training ranks.

"Everyone gets their fair share (of injuries) and I probably got a fraction more than my fair share.

"To me, as I was always taught as a kid, it was all about the big day - my father taught that to me."

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