Monday 16 July 2018

Walsh insists he will be fit for Cheltenham despite leg break

Jockey Ruby Walsh. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Jockey Ruby Walsh. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Thomas Kelly

Ruby Walsh is confident he will be fit to ride at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Walsh broke a leg in a fall from Let's Dance at Punchestown last Saturday, but the injury does not require an operation.

"Hopefully it will heal quickly. A broken leg is usually 12 weeks, give or take, and there are 16 weeks and three days from the fall to the Cheltenham Festival," he said.

"I don't think it matters how much experience you have. You can only do what the doctors tell you and be as patient as you can."

Walsh admitted it was tough to watch Faugheen make such a spectacular return to action in the hands of Paul Townend after a 22-month lay-off.

"It was great see Faugheen winning, but heartbreaking not to be on his back and that will be the case every weekend between now and when you return.

"That's the mental pain of any sportsperson who's sitting on the sidelines," Walsh told Racing UK.

"His home work had been very good. He was showing us at home that he had retained what we thought was all his old ability. He obviously had to go to the track and show that. To me, he certainly did that last Sunday.

"You take the race as a whole and look at it - it was a very good performance. Everyone is very happy with him and he seems really well.

"Where he goes next, I don't know, but you'd imagine it would be somewhere at Christmas and then another race at the end of January or the beginning of February and then on to March, all being well."

Irish Independent

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