For the Irish jockey, Ruby Walsh the 2017/2018 season ended early. The most successful rider of the Cheltenham Festival fell on the second day and suffered a leg injury. The injury was severe enough to force Walsh to pull out from the rest of the horse racing festival.
So, what did actually happen? Well, during the RSA Insurance Novices’ race, Walsh’s horse, Al Boum Photo fell while jumping over the fence, and rolled over Walsh. After falling on the ground, the horse landed on the rider’s leg. Walsh’s leg was under half a tonne of weight. To worsen the situation, the horse fell on Ruby’s right leg, which he already broke last year.
The betting sites’ favourite is officially out of the picture. After the fall, Walsh was taken to the Gloucestershire Royal Infirmary for an x-ray. He will see a consultant next week in Dublin. Before that, no one can know how severe the injury is.
Commenting on Walsh’s current state, the jockey’s father said, “He’s disappointed more than anything else. The mental torture of missing the rest of Cheltenham, and maybe having to sit out a couple of more weeks for recovery, is the worst part of it.”
However, this is not the first time Walsh had a serious injury. In fact, during his career, Walsh had 22 mishaps. The first time he broke his right leg was back in 1999, and he suffered the same injury the following year. After all, you don't earn a nickname like “Iron Man of the sport” without breaking a couple of bones.
All these injuries did not stop Walsh from doing what he loves the most. He was the Cheltenham’s top jockey eleven times so far. We don’t think this is the last we’ll see from Ruby Walsh.
“When you say to yourself, ‘I don’t love this anymore’ then it’s time to get out. But who’d want to get out of something they love like that?” said Ted Walsh, the rider’s father. We wholeheartedly agree with Ted.