Monday 23 April 2018

'Stood down’ Walsh expects to be fit for tilt at Hennessy

Ruby Walsh is expected to be fit to ride today, despite being stood down after a fall at Newbury yesterday.

Walsh suffered a fall aboard Curtain Razer in the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle, with the racecourse doctor ruling him out of his two remaining rides on the card.

The jockey is planning to be back in action today, with Tidal Bay in the Hennessy Gold Cup and Big Buck's in the Long Distance Hurdle the pick of his Newbury rides.

Clerk of the course Richard Osgood said: "He's got a sprained thumb and was stood down today, so he will have to be checked over by the doctors in the morning."

Meanwhile, Timmy Murphy was taken to hospital for precautionary X-rays after a heavy fall at Newbury.

Murphy was partnering Leeroar in the closing Inkerman London 'National Hunt' Maiden Hurdle when the duo fell at the third flight.

Murphy is due to ride The Package for trainer David Pipe in the Hennessy.

Here at home, Shake The Bucket notched his fourth win at Dundalk as he took division one of Dundalk Handicap for the Madden family.

The winning five-year-old son of Ashkalani is trained by Niall 'Boots' Madden, was bred by his wife Tricia, ridden by son Niall 'Slippers', owned by their daughter Sarah Ann while son Tom 'Socks' named the bay gelding.

Sent off at 13/2, Shake The Bucket got the better of another Dundalk specialist in the shape of the 7/2 favourite Raydari.

Having tracked the leaders in the early stages, the winner was third before the straight and was ridden to challenge a furlong out.

He was soon on terms and he stayed on best inside the final furlong, beating Raydari by a head.

Top-weight Atmospheric High finished two lengths back in third under Johnny Murtagh for Eddie Lynam at 6/1.

Irish Independent

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