- Kildare, Ireland
- Known for:
- Horse Racing
- Experience & Stats:
- •Six times Irish Champion jockey •Twice Irish Champion Amateur •English Grand National: Hedgehunter (2005), Papillon (2000) •Irish Grand National: Numbersixvalverde (2005), Commanche Court (2000) •Gold Cup: Kauto Star (2009) •Ladbrokes World Hurdle: Big Bucks (2009) •Irish Champion Hurdle: Brave Inca (2009) •RSA Chase: Cooldine (2009) •Queen Mother Champion Chase: Azertyuiop (2004), Master Minded (2009) •Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup: Neptune Collonges (2009) •Stan James King George VI: Kauto Star (2008) •Welsh Grand National: Silver Birch (2005) •Weatherby's Champion Bumper: Missed That (2005) Alexander Banquet (1998)
Rupert "Ruby" Walsh is an Irish jockey. He is the second child, and eldest son, of former champion amateur jockey Ted Walsh and his wife Helen. Showing talent from an early age, Walsh won the Irish amateur title twice, in 1996/7 and 1997/8, before turning professional. He won the English Grand National in 2000 at his first attempt, aged 20, on Papillon, a horse trained by his father and owned by Mrs J Maxwell Moran. Father and son then went on to win the Irish Grand National with Commanche Court the same year. In the 2004/5 season Walsh won three of the four Nationals: the Irish on the 2006 Grand National winner, Numbersixvalverde, the Welsh on subsequent 2007 Grand National winner Silver Birch, and the English on Hedgehunter. He rode Cornish Rebel in the Scottish, but was beaten a short head by Joe's Edge. However, he had earlier success in that race on Take Control in 2002 and he and Tony McCoy are the only jockeys currently riding to have won all four Nationals.
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