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Ruby Walsh closing in on 2000 winners
Mon, Feb 27th, 2012

Ruby Walsh moved within striking distance of two thousand career winners with a Grade 2 double at Naas Sunday. Seabass, trained by his father Ted Walsh, won the Paddypower.com Chase and was trimmed for the Aintree Grand National. Willie Mullins trained Felix Yonger was his other winner. Whether Ruby is available to ride Seabass in the Grand National remains to be seen. Paddy Power seemed to think he was more likley to choose Willie Mullin's Bobby Jo Chase winner Prince De Beauchene in the National and quoted 5/1 last night about him riding Seabass.

The double put Ruby on 1991 career winners in the Uk and Ireland. There have been a few in France too, so we would think the chances are he will reach the landmark two thousand winners before the Cheltenham Festival. With 106 Grade 1 wins and 32 at the Cheltenham Festival Ruby has been a a man for the big occasions so it would not be out of place if the 2000th winner came on Champion Hurdle Day. Ruby Walsh has host of good rides for the Cheltenham Festival including Hurricane Fly, Big Bucks, Kauto Star and Quevega. Here he is talking to Pat Keane about his Cheltenham Festival prospects.

Among National Hunt jockeys only the remarkable Tony McCoy, who might even have 4000 winners on his career to do list, and Richard Johnson have previously reached the 2000 winner mark. Here is how Rubys win tally breaks down by season.

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