Ruby Walsh has been given some fantastic accolades during his career but nowadays Ruby seems to be struggling with a string of last obstacle falls, unseats etc etc. Let’s face it the guy has been an absolute phenomenon both with Paul Nicholls and Willie Mullins yards as stable number one.
I am not saying Ruby is a bad jockey nowadays but the injuries, falls and medical treatments and operations are taking their toll I hate seeing this guy being slated by people as a ‘bookies friend’ and other ridiculous comments such as that. Let’s look at this situation… is it just recently this has happened? The answer is a huge NO! I remember back in 2012 Ruby rode a horse called Call The Police at Punchestown and the horse led at the last..stun led and fell… Timeform said the horse was certain to win. After that fall the problem really set in and one after the other of fancied mounts were in the lead at the last obstacle and somehow Ruby didn’t make it to the other side. I spoke to Tanya Stevenson about this problem associated with Ruby but she didn’t or couldn’t or wouldn’t consider it… why I don’t know. Then as things seemed to get worse and worse for Ruby with falls and injuries… sometimes serious injuries too… he got himself back to ride Annie Power in 2015 and the mare was clear coming to the last in the Mares Hurdle… what happened? You all know… she fell. This saved the bookies from a really terrible Cheltenham… comments from punters were not repeatable.
I am saying to Ruby please look in the mirror… talk it through with the guy you see in the mirror… look at your family… they love you like all of us followers and we don’t want you so seriously injured that you are in a wheelchair or paralysed for the rest of your life. What did your greatest opponent do? The great AP McCoy got out at the top… please Ruby do it… hang up the boots and give us all a chance to say goodbye to a man we have all cherished and held in the greatest esteem throughout your career.
We don’t want to see Ruby finish up as a second rated jockey when along with AP he has been an absolute star and a pleasure to see him ride over a long career.
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