RUBY Walsh rode his 1000th winner as the Dessie Hughes-trained Rare Article grabbed a last-gasp success at Sligo yesterday.
Fresh from securing the Irish National Hunt jockeys’ championship, Walsh produced an excellent ride to reach the landmark aboard the 11-8 favourite.
Still only third and seemingly going nowhere at the final flight, Walsh refused to give up and galvanised a sustained drive from his mount.
Lady Lenson looked home and hosed but folded late as Rare Article got up by a head to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in the final stride.
Coming in to a tremendous reception, Walsh said: “When I started riding I never thought I would achieve 1000 winners.
“It is a great milestone in my career.”
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