Ruby Walsh

Date of Birth: May 14, 1979 

County of origin: Kildare 

First winner: Siren Song (Ted Walsh) Gowran Park, July 15th, 1995 

2,500th winner: Killultagh Vic (Willie Mullins) Leopardstown, January 17, 2016 

2,000th Grade 1 winner: Footpad (Willie Mullins) Cheltenham, March 13, 2018 

Final winner: Kemboy (Willie Mullins) Punchestown, May 1, 2019

Significant horses (Selected): Kauto Star, Denman, Master Minded, Big Buck's, Hurricane Fly, Quevega, Annie Power, Faugheen, Kemboy, Azertyuiop, Vautour, Douvan, Un De Sceaux, Neptune Collonges, Min, Papillon, Hedgehunter, Klassical Dream, Bellshill, Nichols Canyon, Yorkhill, Vroum Vroum Mag, Djakadam, Commanche Court, Burrows Saint, Footpad, Valseur Lido, Blackstairmountain, Silviniaco Conti, Thousand Stars, Brave Inca, Fiveforthree, Davenport Milenium, Rince Ri, Adamant Approach, Imperial Call, Alexander Banquet. 

Follow him on Twitter: @Ruby_Walsh

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From Kill, County Kildare, Rupert "Ruby" Walsh was undoubtedly one of the greatest, if not the greatest, National Hunt jockey of all time. He enjoyed a career in the saddle that was second to none and retired on a high when winning the Grade 1 Coral Punchestown Gold Cup on the Willie Mullins-trained Kemboy at Punchestown on May 1, 2019, two weeks before his 40th birthday. 

A fine amateur rider in his early years in the saddle, Walsh enjoyed a glittering professional career and won almost every race worth winning in the world of National Hunt racing. He enjoyed remarkable success during his career-long association with Willie Mullins and was similarly never far from the winners' enclosure on the biggest days when riding for Paul Nicholls.  

Ruby is the winning-most jockey at the Cheltenham Festival and retired with a record 59 wins to his name. He was the leading jockey at the Festival on 11 occasions, riding a record seven winners on two 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 won the Cheltenham Gold Cup on the Nicholls-trained Kauto Star in 2007 and 2009, the Champion Hurdle on four occasions for Mullins (Hurricane Fly (2011, 2013) Faugheen (2015) and Annie Power (2016)) and the Champion Chase three times on the Paul Nicholls-trained Azertyuiop (2004) and Master Minded (2008, 2009).

Ruby won the Aintree Grand National on Papillon, trained by his father, Ted, in 2000 and again five years later on the Mullins-trained Hedgehunter. He won the Irish Grand National on Commanche Court (Ted Walsh) in 2000, Numbersixvalverde (Martin Brassil) in 2005 and gave Willie Mullins his first success in the race when partnering Burrows Saint to win in 2019, just nine days before he retired. 

Ruby was crowned champion National Hunt jockey in Ireland for the 12th and final 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 rode his most valuable winner on Blackstairmountain in the in the Nakayama Grand Jump in Japan in 2013 and enjoyed notable success in Australia, the USA and closer to home in France. In all, Ruby rode 2,756 winner in his career in Ireland (1,980) and Britain (776) combined. 

He is the second child, and eldest son, of 11 time champion amateur jockey Ted Walsh and brother of Katie Walsh, the former top amateur rider. Walsh won the Irish amateur title twice, in 1996/1997 at the age of 18 and again in 1997/1998, before turning professional. 

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
National Hunt 2018/201916548262615€1,584,188€501,413€2,085,600
National Hunt 2017/201821963331727€783,063€231,100€1,014,163
National Hunt 2016/2017371131684133€2,283,188€773,950€3,057,138
National Hunt 2015/2016350105584329€1,969,043€576,186€2,545,229
National Hunt 2014/201525379423222€1,627,935€459,905€2,087,840
National Hunt 2013/2014403122514437€2,088,615€467,948€2,556,563
National Hunt 2012/2013340101523833€1,849,710€325,080€2,174,790
National Hunt 2011/201235885634031€1,448,150€429,894€1,878,044
National Hunt 2010/201119245231419€767,600€146,098€913,698
National Hunt 2009/2010424108645525€1,235,785€486,404€1,722,189
National Hunt 2008/2009512121706745€2,551,380€536,854€3,088,234
National Hunt 2007/20085471311006246€2,190,620€606,810€2,797,430
National Hunt 2006/2007562125906449€1,877,385€658,595€2,535,980
National Hunt 2005/200642290625245€1,456,280€417,920€1,874,200
National Hunt 2004/2005531111847161€1,453,910€570,235€2,024,145
National Hunt 2003/200436370684841€879,485€405,420€1,284,905
National Hunt 2002/200349180835848€1,008,240€503,165€1,511,405
National Hunt 2001/200244985696239€1,207,134€501,655€1,708,788
National Hunt 2000/200148584825357€1,005,596€461,773€1,467,369
Flat 201930010€0€1,250€1,250
Flat 201710000€0€0€0
Flat 201330110€0€2,380€2,380
Flat 201120000€0€0€0
Flat 200920001€0€375€375
Flat 200850020€0€1,440€1,440
Flat 200761021€9,100€2,170€11,270
Flat 200640200€0€3,315€3,315
Flat 200572201€19,250€4,545€23,795
Flat 200481200€8,400€3,400€11,800
Flat 200342100€14,350€1,530€15,880
Flat 200210010€0€800€800

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