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Walsh and Nicholls split
Mon, May 27th, 2013

Jockey Ruby Walsh and trainer Paul Nicholls have announced the end of one of jump racing's most successful partnerships. They won 64 Grade 1 races as a team. The first was with Fadalko in the 2001 Melling Chase and must recent in 2013 Aintree Hurdle with Zarakandar. Walsh may continue to ride for Nicholls when available. Daryl Jacob is expected to assume first jockey position at Nicholls yard.

While the official line is that Walsh no longer had the appetite for regular travel to the UK, the balance of power between Nicholls and Walsh's other employer - Irish Champion trainer Willie Mullins has tipped decisively in favour of the Irishman in recent seasons.

Walsh is by some distance the winning most rider of National Hunt's big races - the Grade 1s- but it is his partnership with Mullins that has delivered must returns over the last two seasons.

Ruby Walsh Grade 1 winners by trainer 2005/6 to date:

 

A look at the horses that Walsh has ridden for both trainers to win Grade 1 races highlights the difference in potential between both yards at this time:

Grade 1 Winners for Mullins 2011-13

27-Apr-13

 AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle

Diakali

26-Apr-13

 Rabobank Champion Hurdle

Hurricane Fly

25-Apr-13

 Ryanair Novice Chase

Arvika Ligeonniere

25-Apr-13

 Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle

Quevega

13-Apr-13

 Nakayama Grand Jump (Chase)

Blackstairmountain

31-Mar-13

 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Novice Hurdle  Final

Annie Power

13-Mar-13

 Weatherbys Champion Bumper

Briar Hill

12-Mar-13

 Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy

Hurricane Fly

12-Mar-13

 William Hill Supreme Novices' Hurdle

Champagne Fever

27-Jan-13

 BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle

Hurricane Fly

29-Dec-12

 Istabraq Festival Hurdle

Hurricane Fly

28-Dec-12

 Topaz Novice Chase

Back In Focus

16-Dec-12

 Navan Novice Hurdle

Pont Alexandre

02-Dec-12

 Bar One Racing Hatton's Grace Hurdle

Zaidpour

02-Dec-12

 Bar One Racing Drinmore Novice Chase

Arvika Ligeonniere

18-Nov-12

 Punchestown Morgiana Hurdle

Hurricane Fly

10-Jun-12

 Grande Course De Haies D'Auteuil (Hurdle)

Thousand Stars

27-Apr-12

 Rabobank Champion Hurdle

Hurricane Fly

26-Apr-12

 Ladbrokes.com World Series Hurdle

Quevega

12-Feb-12

 Hennessy Gold Cup (Chase)

Quel Esprit

29-Jan-12

 BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle

Hurricane Fly

18-Dec-11

 Navan Novice Hurdle

Boston Bob

04-Dec-11

 Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novice Hurdle

Sous Les Cieux

20-Nov-11

 Ladbrokes.com Morgiana Hurdle

Thousand Stars

18-Jun-11

 Grande Course De Haies D'Auteuil

Thousand Stars

06-May-11

 Rabobank Champion Hurdle

Hurricane Fly

05-May-11

 Ladbrokes.com World Series Hurdle

Quevega

 Grade 1 Winners for Nicholls 2011-13

 

04-Apr-13

 John Smith's Aintree Hurdle

Zarkandar

28-Dec-12

 Lexus Chase

Tidal Bay

24-Nov-12

 Betfair Chase

Silviniaco Conti

12-Apr-12

 BGC Partners Liverpool Hurdle

Big Buck's

15-Mar-12

 Ladbrokes World Hurdle

Big Buck's

26-Dec-11

 William Hill King George VI Chase

Kauto Star

17-Dec-11

 Lough Derg Long Walk Hurdle

Big Buck's

03-Dec-11

 Markel Insurance Henry VIII Novices' Chase

Al Ferof

19-Nov-11

 Betfair Chase

Kauto Star

 

 

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