Ruby Walsh 'determined' to be back in action for Punchestown

    Ruby Walsh hopes to return to the saddle in time for the Punchestown Festival, which begins on April 24.
  • Wednesday 21 March 2018
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Ruby Walsh hopes to return to the saddle in time for the Punchestown Festival, which begins on April 24.

After being on the sidelines for four months with a broken leg, the rider was back in action the week before the Cheltenham Festival, having two rides, and recorded a double on the opening afternoon of the big meeting, which included Footpad in the Arkle Trophy.

However, a fall at the second-last from Al Boum Photo in the RSA Insurance Novices' Chase on the second day aggravated the old injury.

Walsh told Racinguk.com: "I saw my doctor Diarmuid Moloney and the diagnosis is that it's a very similar fracture on the inside of the original one, which has effectively opened up.

"It's good news in that the cast has come off and I am in an air-cushioned boot right now. I don't know exactly how long it will take to heal but it means I am hopeful of getting back for Punchestown - Aintree is not going to happen for me though.

"The prognosis could have been a lot worse and I just have to treat this as just another setback. I am determined to get back in the saddle for Punchestown and hopefully finish the season on a high."

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