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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.

Ruby Walsh Cheltenham Festival Wins (45)

 This is his current list of wins:

Race

Year

Horse

Age

Trainer

Bumper

1998

Alexander Banquet

5

Willie Mullins

Mildmay of Flete

2002

Blowing Wind

9

Martin Pipe

Arkle

2003

Azertyuiop

6

Paul Nicholls

Champion Chase

2004

Azertyuiop

7

Paul Nicholls

County

2004

Sporazene

5

Paul Nicholls

Grand Annual

2004

St Pirran

9

Paul Nicholls

Bumper

2005

Missed That

6

Willie Mullins

Ryanair

2005

Thisthatandtother

9

Paul Nicholls

County

2006

Desert Quest

6

Paul Nicholls

JLT Specialty

2006

Dun Doire

7

Tony Martin

Supreme Novices

2006

Noland

5

Paul Nicholls

Gold Cup

2007

Kauto Star

7

Paul Nicholls

RSA Chase

2007

Denman

7

Paul Nicholls

Ryanair

2007

Taranis

6

Paul Nicholls

Champion Chase

2008

Master Minded

5

Paul Nicholls

Neptune

2008

Fiveforthree

6

Willie Mullins

Triumph

2008

Celestial Halo

4

Paul Nicholls

Champion Chase

2009

Master Minded

6

Paul Nicholls

County

2009

American Trilogy

5

Paul Nicholls

Gold Cup

2009

Kauto Star

9

Paul Nicholls

Mares

2009

Quevega

5

Willie Mullins

Neptune

2009

Mikael d'Haguenet

5

Willie Mullins

RSA Chase

2009

Cooldine

7

Willie Mullins

World Hurdle

2009

Big Buck's

6

Paul Nicholls

Fred Winter

2010

Sanctuaire

4

Paul Nicholls

Mares

2010

Quevega

6

Willie Mullins

World Hurdle

2010

Big Buck's

7

Paul Nicholls

Champion Hurdle

2011

Hurricane Fly

7

Willie Mullins

County

2011

Final Approach

5

Willie Mullins

Mares

2011

Quevega

7

Willie Mullins

Supreme Novices

2011

Al Ferof

6

Paul Nicholls

World Hurdle

2011

Big Buck's

8

Paul Nicholls

Mares

2012

Quevega

 8

Willie Mullins

World Hurdle

2012

Big Buck's

 9

Paul Nicholls

Champion Hurdle

2013

Hurricane Fly

9

Willie Mullins

Mares

2013

Quevega

 9

Willie Mullins

Bumper

2013

Briar Hill

6

Willie Mullins

Mares

2014

Quevega

 10

Willie Mullins

Supreme

2014

Vautour

6

Willie Mullins

Neptune

2014

Faugheen

 6

Willie Mullins

Supreme

 2015

Douvan

 6

Willie Mulins

Arkle

2015

Un De Sceaux

7

Willie Mullins

Champion Hurdle

2015

Faugheen

 7

Willie Mullins

JLT

2015

Vautour

7

Willie Mullins

 Ruby also became just the third National Hunt Jockey to ride 2000 winners in 2012.  

About Ruby Walsh

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.

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