The Grand National jumps of Aintree are notoriously tricky to negotiate – but surely not as challenging as leaping over an oncoming car…
That’s the challenge Ruby Walsh apparently undertook during a closed training session to prepare for the weekend’s big race, sending his horse over a car travelling in excess of 40mph.
Walsh said: “I know the training is a little unorthodox and won’t be everybody’s cup of tea, but the National fences are as tough as they come, so there’s no point putting the brakes on in practice.”
Hmmmmm. Now, call us massive cynics, but does it look to you like the horse is maybe a few metres further from the camera than the car?
“Animal rights folk will probably have a bee in their bonnet, but the horse wasn’t harmed,” said bookmaker Paddy Power, who set up the stunt.
We don’t think they need be overly concerned about this one. It’s surely better to have the horse over the car than in it.
Walsh is riding 25-1 shot Ballycasey in Saturday’s National.