Walsh facing spell on easy list with broken leg
Luckless Ruby Walsh remained in hospital last night but does not require surgery on a broken leg he sustained from a fall at Punchestown on Saturday.
The champion jockey suffered the injury aboard Let's Dance at the fourth-last flight of the Grabel Mares Hurdle. Walsh - who had two falls earlier on the card and a winner - was attended to on the track before being taken to hospital in Naas for X-rays. He was then transferred to Tallaght Hospital in Dublin.
Turf Club chief medical officer Dr Adrian McGoldrick reported: "The leg doesn't require surgery, which is very reassuring. It's in a plaster cast. It's too early to say how long he'll be out for. He'll have X-rays again in a week's time and we'll see what's what."
Our Duke will need time on the sidelines after Jessica Harrington said last season's Irish Grand National winner has undergone an operation on his back.
Harrington believes a back problem contributed to the seven-year-old's disappointing return at Down Royal, when he beat just one horse in the JNwine.com Champion Chase .
"He had an operation and hopefully he'll be back for the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown at the beginning of February," she said.