Ruby Walsh is excited to be returning to action when the Galway Festival gets under way on Monday, after recovering from the broken leg he suffered at Cheltenham in March.
The former champion was hurt in a fall from Al Boum Photo, with the setback coming just days after he returned from the injury he originally suffered in November last year.
He said: “There’s a big difference between butterflies of excitement and feeling nervous because of fear. So I’m excited, not nervous.”
Walsh had initially hoped to return earlier, but medical advice forced him to be patient.
Walsh, an ambassador for Paddy Power and columnist for Paddy Power News, said: ”I wouldn’t admit that it was properly broken again. I kept trying to tell myself I had just aggravated the previous injury, but it was broken.
“It was always going to take that long, I just didn’t want to believe it.
“Win, lose or fall, that’s the reality of the game. It goes with the territory. But I believe that with bad luck comes good luck, and I think I’m due a turn.”
Walsh and Willie Mullins are favourites for the top National Hunt rider and top trainer awards at Ballybrit.