Ruby Walsh – No stopping this master horseman

Posted On 2012-04-23 05:46:35 | Read 2660 times | 0 Comments

Ruby Walsh – No stopping this master horseman

A recent article in the Irish Times talks about Ireland’s top National Hunt jockey and how he shows no sign of letting up despite having nothing left to prove.

It’s a question that champions have faced in every sport: what do you do when you’ve won everything? Many decide to call time, content there’s nothing left to prove. Ruby Walsh’s answer appears to be to try and win everything all over again.


On the eve of the racing week that matters more than any other, the man whose name has become synonymous with the entire sport, and made him identifiable even to those whose equine interest extends no further than a once-a-year Grand National bet, remains in an entirely unique position.


He continues to have the pick of the best rides in the two top yards in Britain and Ireland and is a long odds-on shot to yet again be the top rider at the Cheltenham festival, where he is already the most successful jockey in history.”

The Article goes on to surmise:

When Walsh eventually calls time on race-riding, the widespread presumption is he will start training, possibly even in the more lucrative branch of the sport on the Flat. He himself has admitted to not being sure.


Watching the 24-7 demands on Mullins and Nicholls, who always have to be available to owners, whatever the time of day or night, means he worries about whether he has the patience required to keep so many balls juggling. Against that is the reality that the horse game is all he has ever known.


But that quandary is one that can be parked well into the future. Despite the workload, Walsh gives no indication of slowing down. The master of timing out on the racecourse is no mean judge off it either and realises better than anyone the unique position he is in.


When I was growing up all I ever wanted to do was be lucky enough to ride one winner at Cheltenham,” he has said. Currently Walsh’s tally is 32 two. The nature of the festival means surprises and upsets always happen.”

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