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From Kill, County Kildare, Rupert "Ruby" Walsh is the second child, and eldest son, of 11 time
champion amateur jockey Ted Walsh and brother to top female rider Katie
Walsh. Walsh won the Irish amateur title twice, in 1996/7 at the age
of 18 and again in 1997/8, before turning professional. A fine amateur rider in the early years of his career, Ruby Walsh is universally recognised as one of the greatest National Hunt jockeys of all time. Through his association with trainers Willie Mullins and Paul Nicholls, Walsh has enjoyed a glittering career and has won almost every race worth winning in the world of National Hunt racing.
Ruby is the winning-most jockey at the Cheltenham Festival with 56 successes to his name. He has been leading jockey at the Festival on 12 occasions. Ruby became the first jockey to ride four winners on the same day at the Cheltenham Festival when dominating on the third day of the 2017 renewal. He won the JLT Novices' Chase on Yorkhill, the Ryanair Chase on Un De Sceaux, the Stayers' Hurdle on Nichols Canyon and the Mares' Novices' Hurdle on Let's Dance. The quartet were trained by Willie Mullins. He was crowned champion National Hunt jockey in Ireland for the 12th time at the end of the 2016-2017 season with 131 winners, a tally that matched his previous best, a record he set in 2007/2008.
Ruby suffered a broken leg in a fall at Punchestown on November 18th 2017 and faces a spell on the sidelines. He is expected to be back in the saddle in time for the Cheltenham Festival in March.
Guinness Galway H'dle H'cap (Grade A) (Clondaw Warrior - 2016)
Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup (Grade 1) (Neptune Collonges (FR) - 2008)
Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup (Grade 1) (Neptune Collonges (FR) - 2007)
William Hill Galway Plate (Grade A) (Oslot (FR) - 2008)
Powers Gold Label Ir.Grand Nat. S'chase (Grade A) (Numbersixvalverde - 2005)
Kerrygold Champion S'chase (Grade 1) (Twist Magic (FR) - 2008)
Ladbrokes.com World Series H'dle (Grade 1) (Fiveforthree - 2009)
Kerrygold Champion S'chase (Grade 1) (Master Minded (FR) - 2009)
Lexus S'chase (Grade 1) (Denman - 2007)
Whitewater Champion Stayers' H'dle (Grade 1) (Asian Maze - 2006)
Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup (Grade 1) (Neptune Collonges (FR) - 2009)
Queally Group Punchestown Champion H'dle (Faugheen - 2015)
Bibby Financial Services P'town Gold Cup (Grade 1) (Boston Bob - 2014)
Rabobank Champion H'dle (Grade 1) (Hurricane Fly - 2013)
BETDAQ Punchestown Champion H'dle (Grade 1) (Vroum Vroum Mag (FR) - 2016)
Paddy Power S'chase (Grade B) (Rockyaboya - 2013)
Ladbrokes World Series H'dle (Grade 1) (Quevega (FR) - 2013)
Ladbrokes.com World Series H'dle (Grade 1) (Quevega (FR) - 2012)
Ladbrokes.com World Series H'dle (Grade 1) (Quevega (FR) - 2011)
Punchestown Heineken Gold Cup (Grade 1) (Imperial Call - 1999)