Ruby Walsh has announced he has retired from racing.
The 39-year-old from Co Kildare made the announcement today after he won the Punchestown Gold Cup riding Kemboy.
It was another one-two finish for trainer Willie Mullins, with Al Boum Photo finishing second in an enthralling sprint finish.
"I'm finished," Ruby declared in a post-race interview.
President Michael D Higgins was among those extending their congratulations to Mr Walsh for an illustrious career which spanned more than two decades.
"I have written to Ruby, to congratulate him on a remarkable and brilliant career, and to thank him for his outstanding contributions, not only to racing but also to Ireland’s reputation abroad," he said.
President Higgins also commended Mr Walsh's family and supporters and thanked him for representing Ireland.
Racing pundits reacted to the shock announcement, saying it "was great he went out on a high."
"One of the best National Hunt jockeys ever. He's going to be really, really missed."
Our team react after Ruby Walsh announces his retirement from the saddle with immediate effect pic.twitter.com/xzRWV3mkSb— Racing TV (@RacingTV) May 1, 2019
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