Tuesday 11 December 2018

Ruby Walsh gives a positive update on his return from a broken leg ahead of Cheltenham festival next month

Ruby Walsh. Photo: INPHO
Ruby Walsh. Photo: INPHO

John Brennan

Top jockey Ruby Walsh expects to be back in the saddle in a fortnight at the latest – giving him ten days of race riding to be ready for the Cheltenham Festival in a month’s time.

Walsh broke his leg in a fall at Punchestown last November and, as the leading rider in history at the venue, has always timed his comeback to be ready for the 2018 Cheltenham Festival.

“Initially, I would have said I’d be back race riding for the Red Mills Chase Day at Gowran which is this coming Saturday, February 17. But that was probably a bit unrealistic,” the Paddy Power ambassador told Independent.ie. “So, if it's not the weekend of the 24th, hopefully it'll be the weekend after again.”

Walsh seems to have timed his comeback to perfection with top Willie Mullins horses such as Douvan and Vroum Vroum Mag being entered for races this week with a view to running at Cheltenham

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