Jockey Walsh ruled out of rest of Cheltenham with suspected broken leg

Jockey Walsh ruled out of rest of Cheltenham with suspected broken leg
Ruby Walsh will see his consultant in Dublin next week

Top jockey Ruby Walsh is out of the Cheltenham Festival after suffering a suspected broken leg in a fall at the meeting.

The Festival’s all-time leading rider, who only returned from breaking his leg six days ago, hurt the same leg when Al Boum Photo fell in the RSA Chase.

Walsh, 38, came back from nearly four months out on Thursday and had two winners at Cheltenham on Tuesday.

Patrick Mullins replaced Walsh on Douvan, who fell in the Champion Chase.

The jockey was injured when his mount came down at the second last fence of the RSA Chase, won by Presenting Percy. Al Boum Photo did not appear to be badly hurt.

Walsh’s double on Tuesday took him to 58 career Cheltenham Festival victories. He has been the leading jockey at the showpiece meeting 11 times.

Trainer Willie Mullins told BBC Radio 5 live: “It looks as if it’s the same injury as before. It’s right on the same point, but until we get the X-rays we can’t be sure.

“It’s hugely disappointing for Ruby and everyone. That’s sport. We have to pick up and move on. He’s got an injury and I’m hoping he’ll recover from it.”

Katie Walsh, sister of Ruby, won the final race of the day on Relegate and afterwards she told BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: “My heart goes out to Ruby, but that’s racing.

“What’s his bad fortune has turned out to be a marvellous day for me, but all I can think of is him (Ruby) to be honest.

“He’s up and he’s talking, we are not waiting to hear if he’s woken up yet and that’s the main thing.”

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