Ruby Walsh will return to race-riding at Limerick on Sunday after months on the sidelines with a rib injury.
The 12-time champion jockey and Paddy Power Ambassador has been out of action since taking a crashing fall at Killarney in August but is set to return on Munster National day.
He told Paddy Power News: “I had a lot of bruising to my ribs and vertebrae in my back and was in a brace for a couple of weeks. It didn’t come off until last week, so it took me a couple of days to get back riding out.”
But it’s all systems go for Sunday.
“The season is only starting but I’ve still missed plenty of winners and I much prefer to be riding than watching all the time.
“I’m looking forward to getting back to it at Limerick.”
A horror fall from Al Boum Photo at the Cheltenham Festival, ruled Walsh him out for five months with a broken leg. He had only returned to action at the Galway Festival before his latest injury woe led to his latest absence.
And while the top jock won’t be back in the saddle until Sunday, Willie Mullins’ powerful jumps stable sends seven runners to England on Saturday to race in one of the richest Flat handicaps of the season, the 2m 2f Cesarewitch Handicap at Newmarket.
Ruby gives us a runner-by-runner guide of the Mullins challenge below:
Stratum didn’t have much luck in the Ebor at York and got stopped at a vital time. He’s still on the same mark, looks in really good order at home, should get the 2m 2f trip and has a nice draw. Robert Winston rides.
Uradel is improving and has had two runs on the Flat for us. He won the big amateur race for Aubrey McMahon at Galway but was brought down in the hurdle race Low Sun won. The trip will suit him and he’ll handle the ground. He’s had a bit of break recently too since finishing fourth at Bellewstown on the level which will suit him as he goes well fresh. Billy Lee rides.
Whiskey Sour is in the same ownership as Uradel and seemed to run his race in the York Ebor when sixth to Muntahaa so maybe the handicapper has him now. He’s in really good form though and should get the trip.
Rich Ricci has three runners in Law Girl, Limini and Low Sun and Limini looks the classiest of them. She won a valuable handicap at Leopardstown on Champions Day and is in good order at home. If it was a hurdle race, you’d pick Limini.
Seamie Heffernan rides Low Sun and he has a great chance. He won at the Curragh on Derby weekend and then at Galway over hurdles. He’s got the cheekpieces on and will love the marathon trip.
Law Girl needs to find a bit of improvement and maybe this step up in trip will help her do that.
Meri Devie has been a little disappointing of late. We always thought she was a high-class filly but she hasn’t brought it to the track of late.
While Stratum and Limini look the obvious two, Low Sun is the one that represents the best value to me.