Legendary jockey Ruby Walsh has admitted he wouldn’t have come out of retirement like Davy Russell.
Less than a month after announcing he was hanging up his boots, 43-year-old Russell returns to the saddle at Fairyhouse on Saturday for trainer Gordon Elliott, who saw his main jockey, Jack Kennedy, break his leg in a fall last weekend.
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Paddy Power’s resident expert Ruby called time on his distinguished career as a jockey after riding Kemboy to victory in the 2019 Punchestown Gold Cup.
The topic came up on the latest episode of our From The Horse’s Mouth podcast, with presenter Patrick Kennelly asking Ruby if he would have returned to the saddle had Willie Mullins lost Paul Townend to a similar injury.
“When I rode Kemboy, I was jocked up to ride Chacun Pour Soi the next day but I didn’t take the ride.
“I was actually jocked up to ride on the Friday as well and I could have ridden Benie Des Dieux on the Saturday – and she won!
“I wouldn’t have come back if Willie had asked me, but I don’t think Willie would have asked me anyway.
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“I didn’t tell Willie I was thinking of retiring for fear he wouldn’t want me, let alone looking for me to come out of retirement!
“When you read Davy’s retirement statement he did say that he was sad to be giving it up. I wasn’t one bit sad about retiring, I was happy to be retiring, so it was a different mindset.
“I’m not sure how ready Davy was to retire so it didn’t surprise me that he came back again when he got the opportunity. That’s the way it read but everybody’s different. I’d had enough but he obviously hasn’t.”
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