Ruby Walsh: Why I don’t take the tricolour after a race

People have often asked me why I don’t take the tricolour when returning to the parade ring after a victory in a big race.

I choose not to, but it’s got nothing to do with patriotism. Horses can be quite lit-up, and very excited, and anyone who knows anything about a horse knows you don’t carry a flag on a horse.

It’s the same as riding a horse with your jacket open: it starts flapping in the wind, and frightens the horse.

 I can’t understand lads taking a flag, it’s only a matter of time before someone walking into the parade ring gets dropped off a horse.


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