27 Facts About Ruby Walsh

1.

Rupert Walsh was born on 14 May 1979 in Kill, County Kildare, Ireland and is an Irish former jockey.

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Ruby Walsh is the second child, and eldest son, of former champion amateur jockey Ted Walsh and his wife Helen.

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3.

Ruby Walsh is the third most prolific winner in British and Irish jump racing history behind only Sir Anthony McCoy and Richard Johnson.

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4.

Ruby Walsh won the English Grand National in 2000 at his first attempt, aged 20, on Papillon, a horse trained by his father and owned by Mrs J Maxwell Moran.

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5.

Ruby Walsh rode Cornish Rebel in the Scottish, but was beaten a short head by Joe's Edge.

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6.

Ruby Walsh has one of the best Grand National records amongst current jockeys having won the race twice, finished second once, third once and fourth twice.

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7.

Ruby Walsh won both the 2006 Tingle Creek Chase and the King George VI Chase on Kauto Star.

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8.

Ruby Walsh repeated the King George feat, again on Kauto Star, in 2007,2008 and 2009 when Kauto Star won impressively by 36 lengths.

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9.

Ruby Walsh reclaimed the King George VI Chase in 2011 on board Kauto Star after Long Run won the race in 2010.

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10.

Ruby Walsh won the Hennessy Gold Cup twice, in 2003 on Strong Flow, and in more recent times, 2009 with Denman.

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11.

Ruby Walsh won the Whitbread Gold Cup twice, in 2001 and 2003, both times on Ad Hoc.

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12.

In 2007, Ruby Walsh won the inaugural British Horseracing Board Jockeys' Order of Merit award.

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13.

Ruby Walsh takes the occasional ride for his father, Ted, and a variety of other Irish trainers.

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14.

In January 2007, Ruby Walsh achieved the fastest ever century of winners in Irish jumps racing history aboard Bluestone Lad at Gowran Park.

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15.

Ruby Walsh rode his 1,000th Irish winner, Rare Article, at Sligo in May 2008.

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16.

At the 2009 Cheltenham Festival Ruby Walsh rode a record-breaking seven winners over the four days.

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17.

Ruby Walsh equalled that record at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival.

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18.

In March 2011, Ruby Walsh rode Hurricane Fly to victory in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham, finishing ahead of Peddlers Cross and Oscar Whisky.

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19.

Ruby Walsh won his 2,500 race on Au Quart De Tour at Gowran park on 20 January 2016.

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20.

On 1 May 2019, Ruby Walsh announced his retirement from racing with immediate effect after a career spanning 24 years.

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21.

Ruby Walsh was the leading jockey at the Festival 11 times: 2004,2006,2008,2009,2010,2011,2013,2014,2015,2016 and 2017.

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22.

Ruby Walsh later broke the same leg while schooling a horse and was out of action for a total of five months that season, but recovered in time to partner Papillon to win his first Grand National.

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23.

Ruby Walsh's horse fell and they both seemed to have got away unscathed, but a horse racing behind them landed on his arm while he was on the ground, breaking it in two places.

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24.

Ruby Walsh suffered an injury in the same race in 2012 after a fall from Zarkander which ruled him out of the 2012 Grand National.

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25.

However they parted on good terms and Ruby Walsh has continued to ride the occasional Nicholls horse, including winning on Al Ferof in the Grade 2 Amlin Chase at Ascot in November 2014.

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26.

Ruby Walsh has occasionally worked as a racing pundit for RTE while injured and has appeared on the Channel 4 Racing Saturday morning programme The Morning Line on a number of occasions.

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27.

Ruby Walsh has featured in a number of well received commercials for the bookmaker Paddy Power, in particular a recent commercial prior to the Cheltenham Festival 2016 where he confronts an angry Twitter Troll and allegations that jockeys intentionally throw themselves off their horses.

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