Tuesday 24 October 2017

Ruby Walsh pays emotional tribute to sick child after Champion Hurdle win

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

It was one of the biggest days of Ruby Walsh's racing year but even after riding Annie Power to a massive win in the Champion Hurdle he took the time to wish an ill child well.

After falling at the final fence at the Cheltenham Festival with Annie Power last year, the win was vindication for the jockey and trainer Willie Mullins but afterwards a clearly emotional Walsh was thinking of another Annie.

"There's a little Annie in Ireland watching this Annie and she'll be all-right too," Walsh said in an interview immediately after the race.

According to Racing Post journalist Johnny Ward, who spoke to, Walsh was paying tribute to the six-year old daughter of a vet at Mullins' stable, who has cancer.

Walsh rode three winners for Mullins on the festival's opening day, with Annie Power, Douvan and Vroum Vroum Mag all crossing the line first.

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