Cheltenham Festival Hall of Fame : Jockey Ruby Walsh
Thu, Apr 2nd, 2015
Winning Most Cheltenham Festival Jockey
Ruby Walsh is the most successful Cheltenham Festival Jockey of all time.
In a pre Cheltenham 2012 Paddy Power vs Ruby Walsh video, the bookies PR man asked him " Which race he had not won and would most like to at Cheltenham" ? Ruby didn't know. Paddy quipped " Have you won them all ? ". As it happens he hasn't, but he has come close. The only Cheltenham Grade 1 race missing from his big race CV is the Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle.
Cheltenham Festival Leading Rider
Until wrestled from him for one year by Barry Geraghty in 2012, Ruby has pretty much owned the leading rider award at the festival. He notched up an incredible seven winners at the 2009 meeting. Ruby's 45 Wins have been provided by only four trainers. Willie Mullins and Paul Nicholls provided the bulk with Martin Pipe and Tony Martin chipping in with one each.
With horses like Douvan, Un De Sceaux ,Vautour, Faugheen, and Djakadam to look forward to at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival we fancy Ruby to keep breaking records.
Born: May 14, 1979 Background: Ruby (short for Rupert) is now solely based in Ireland with champion trainer Willie Mullins, having ended his hugely successful 10 and a half year association with Paul Nicholls in May, 2013. He is the son of 11-times Irish amateur champion jockey, Ted Walsh, now a trainer. Ruby is the second of Walsh's four children and his younger sister Katie is a successful amateur. He followed in his father's footsteps when capturing the Irish amateur riders' championship (1996-97) at the age of 19 while still studying for his Leaving Certificate. He was crowned champion Irish National Hunt jockey in his first season as a professional (1998/99) and has taken the title a further eight times (2000/2001, 2004/05, 2005/06, 2006/07, 2007/08, 2008/09, 2009/10 & 2013/14). First Winner: Siren Song, Gowran Park, July 25, 1995
Ruby Walsh Interview
He did this series of insightful interrviews before the 2014 Cheltenham Festival.