Ruby back in action at Tipperary

Ruby Walsh returns to action at Tipperary tomorrow, following some four months on the sidelines.

He will have just one ride - on the dual winner over fences, Indevan, in the Grade 3 Like A Butterfly Novice Chase.

Speaking yesterday, Walsh said: “I have been riding out for the last three weeks and am now ready to start back.

“I am very much looking forward to it, I can’t wait. I would say this is the first time in my career, I have actually given an injury sufficient time to heal.

“For a little while now it really was only a matter of when I was going to come back . I wish there had been a lot more rain over the last few weeks and Willie Mullins’ horses were more forward.

“I would, obviously, love if there was an army of horses waiting for me, but am still absolutely delighted all of the same.’

Walsh hasn’t ridden since Auteuil in France on June 8, when partnering Abbyssial and Diakali.

On the Friday of the Cheltenham festival in March, he suffered a horror fall off Abbyssial at the second flight in the Triumph Hurdle. Walsh broke his right arm and also dislocated his shoulder. He made a much faster-than-anticipated comeback, however, reappearing at the Punchestown festival in late April.

He emerged as the leading rider at the meeting, with six winners. Walsh had always planned to try and be back in time for Punchestown and to also ride in some big races in France.

The champion jockey was aware, of course, there was more than a possibility of dislocating his shoulder again and that an operation was inevitable to repair the ligaments. He subsequently had his arm in a sling for six weeks, which was followed by many more weeks of rehabilitation.


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