Ruby Walsh: I was the only one left in the yard to ride El Fabiolo!

Our main man reveals all about *that* viral video...

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Ruby Walsh has spilled the beans on riding El Fabiolo in training last weekend.

A video clip of our legendary resident jockey-turned-pundit on last year’s Arkle winner went viral on social media as connections step up preparations for facing Jonbon in the Clarence House Chase at Ascot on Saturday.

“That’s about all I was doing was sitting on El Fabiolo and only because the owners were in on Saturday morning and everyone with a jockeys’ licence had already departed to go to Fairyhouse,” Ruby said on the latest episode of our Cheltenham Countdown podcast series. “I was about the only one left to ride.

“He worked well. He’s in good form. He’s going to Ascot [for the Clarence House Chase] on Saturday, depending on the weather. He’s in good knick. We couldn’t be happier with him.”

The clip sparked a guessing game as eagle-eyed viewers attempted to figure out the identity of the horse leading El Fabiolo in his work.

A number of users on X, formerly Twitter, thought it was State Man setting the pace in front of El Fabiolo, but Ruby was quick to dismiss those suggestions.

“Kieran Callaghan was riding it,” he said. “I don’t know what it was, I never asked.

“It definitely wasn’t State Man. He ran at Christmas and the Dublin Racing Festival is a little over two weeks away so they won’t have started working yet.

“I think it was a bumper horse. I did hear Patrick saying to Kieran, ‘you lead the work on that’, but the name didn’t resonate with me.”

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