Esteemed jockey, Ruby Walsh, is set to return to the saddle on Thursday after recovering from a broken leg. The timely news means that the two-time Gold Cup winner is fit for next week’s Cheltenham Festival, which opens its gates for four days of fun-filled racing action on Tuesday 13th March.
Walsh, 38, will race in the Maiden Hurdle at Thurles as he steps up his preparations ahead of the meeting at Prestbury Park.
He suffered a broken leg in a catastrophic fall from Let’s Dance at Punchestown in November, but thanks to an impressive recovery over the subsequent months, is now targeting a return at Cheltenham, where he remains the meeting’s most successful jockey.
The Irishman had originally planned to re-enter the fold last weekend but was unfortunately unable to due to bad weather.
His ride at Thurles will be aboard the Willie Mullins-trained Lareena, with his race scheduled for 15:15 pm.
Walsh also looks set to mount 2015 winner Faugheen in the Champion Hurdle on the opening day of the festival (Tuesday 13th March). The Champion Day highlight features a star-studded cast with the Nicky Henderson-trained Buveur D’Air and My Tent Or Yours among the favourites.
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