Sunday 22 July 2018

Ruby Walsh will not ride in the Grand National after suffering wrist fracture

Ruby Walsh
Ruby Walsh

Ruby Walsh will not take part in tomorrow's Grand National at Aintree after suffering a hairline fracture of his wrist.

The jockey was due to partner the Willie Mullins-trained Sir Des Champs in a bid to win the world's most famous steeplechase for a third time and, in his absence, leading female amateur Nina Carberry will come in for the ride.

Walsh endured an afternoon to forget on Merseyside, first coming to grief when riding 1-5 favourite Vautour in the JLT Melling Chase.

After suffering another fall from Blood Cotil when tackling the Grand National fences in the Crabbie's Topham Chase, Walsh did not take up his mounts on Bellshill in Doom Bar Sefton Novices' Hurdle or Battleford in the concluding bumper, but trainer Willie Mullins initially said he expected him to return to action on National day.

However, it later emerged he had suffered a hairline fracture to his wrist and Walsh will now have to watch on from the sidelines.

His sister and agent Jennifer Walsh told Press Association Sport: "He has a small fracture of his wrist and a lot of bruising, so he won't be riding on Saturday.

"It happened after the fall from Blood Cotil. He will see his own surgeon when he gets home on Monday.

"It's disappointing, but he's walking and talking and any day you can do that is a good day."

Mullins said: " It's been one of those days - they say it's character building."

Walsh will also miss high-profile rides on Yorkhill in the EZ Trader Mersey Novices' Hurdle and the brilliant Douvan in the Doom Bar Maghull Novices' Chase.

The champion trainer has been quick to make alternative riding plans.

"Nina Carberry will ride Sir Des Champs and Paul Townend will ride Yorkhill and Douvan," he added.

"I would imagine Paul will ride Shaneshill (Liverpool Stayers' Hurdle) and I think I'll put David Mullins on Childrens List (Gaskells Waste Management Handicap Hurdle)."

Press Association

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