Sunday 20 January 2019

Ruby Walsh set for one ride at Thurles as he makes race-riding return ahead of Cheltenham

Ruby Walsh
Ruby Walsh

John Brennan

Ruby Walsh will return to the saddle tomorrow when he rides Lareena in a Maiden Hurdle at Thurles tomorrow (3.15).

The 11-times champion jockey at Cheltenham has not ridden in public since breaking his leg in a fall from Let’s Dance at Punchestown last November.

Walsh is expected to follow up with more rides for his boss Willie Mullins in meetings over the next few days at Leopardstown, Gowran Park and Navan.

Both jockey and trainer will be delighted with Walsh’s return to action juist six days before he is likely to ride Mullins’ best horses at Cheltenham next week.

Lorcan Wyer is the clerk of the course at Thurles and while no National Hunt racing has taken place in Ireland since Naas held their Festival Trials fixture on February 25, he is confident Thursday's fixture will go ahead as scheduled.

He said: "We have absolutely no problems at Thurles. We're good to go.

"We didn't have the snow that a lot of tracks in Ireland had last week. Most of the snow we did have went quite quickly and while there was a bit more snow just past the winning post, the lads have worked hard to move that and everything is fine.

"We think we've produced a good racing surface considering we're near the end of our season and we're running short of fresh ground at this stage.

"It will be great to see Ruby back. I'm sure a ride tomorrow and maybe a few more over the weekend will leave him spot-on for Cheltenham, not to say that he won't be spot-on for tomorrow."

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