In the editor’s chair

Ruby Walsh is counting down to another Cheltenham Festival — by ensuring you're the best informed punters in the country next week. Our columnist, and racing's top jockey, has been busy as guest editor of the Irish Examiner's 20-page Cheltenham preview special with Monday's paper.

He's been planning a-day-in-the-life feature with Sizing Europe's jockey Andrew Lynch, organising a sit down with Turf Club handicapper Noel O'Brien, and offering his own insight into the ups and downs of National Hunt Racing... like a changed perspective now that Walsh is a father of two daughters. "When you get home Isabelle or Elsa couldn’t care whether you ride five winners or five losers, they’re still the same two girls — that’s what changes. Now people say to you, such and such a horse broke a leg, that’s bad news. No it’s not. The day (wife) Gillian rings and says one of the kids is in Crumlin Hospital, that’s bad news."

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