Ruby Walsh is a name anyone who’s even glimpsed at horse racing will know. The man is a machine when it comes to winning, especially at Cheltenham. And will be a popular selection for Cheltenham 2017 betting.
Born in 1979, Ruby’s racing career started when he won the Irish Amateur Title in 1996/97 and in 97/98 before he joined the professional ranks. He went on to win the Grand National on his first try when he was only 20 years old in 2000, on a horse called Papillion that was trained by his dad. From here he went from strength to strength winning 3 of the 4 nationals in 2004/2005; the Irish Grand National, the Welsh and the English. He just missed out on the Scottish coming a close second. In 2015 Walsh even won the Australian Grand National when he steered Bashboy to victory meaning he has won Grand National races in a record 5 countries!
Walsh’s successes at Cheltenham started when he romped home on Alexander Banquet in first place in 1998 and he has since gone on to win 2000 winners including 52 winners at the Festival including winning the Gold Cup twice on the astounding Kauto Star. He was leading jockey at Cheltenham in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Walsh goes into the Cheltenham Festival 2016 with his eyes set on even more victories but he will be without one horse that surely would have been among the favourites for a win in one of the most prestigious races, Annie Power in the Champion Hurdle. Annie Power has been ruled out of this year’s offering with a leg injury. Walsh looks likely to win leading jokey in 2017, being second favourite again this year.
For more information about Ruby and the Festival, here’s an infographic with lots of information about Cheltenham 2017 (click on it to increase it’s size and read it better):