Ruby re­turns

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - RACING | NEWS AND PROGRAMMES -

Ruby Walsh has en­dured a fear­ful run of in­juries over the past 11 months, and makes his lat­est re­turn at Lim­er­ick to­mor­row.

The leg­endary jockey broke his leg just less than a year ago, mem­o­rably mak­ing it back in time for Chel­tenham only to break it again at the fes­ti­val.

After a Gal­way fes­ti­val come­back, Walsh then took a heavy fall at Kil­lar­ney to­wards the end of Au­gust.

“I had a lot of bruis­ing to my ribs and ver­te­brae in my back and was in a brace for a cou­ple of weeks,” the 39-year-old re­ported yes­ter­day.

On a day when his young ri­val Jack Kennedy also re­turns to ac­tion, Walsh will ride in two hur­dle races, with Good Thyne Tara in par­tic­u­lar ap­pear­ing to be a lead­ing con­tender for the Listed Mares Hur­dle.

How­ever, Kennedy could be the one to land the fea­tured ¤100,000 JT McNa­mara Lad­brokes Mun­ster Na­tional on Rogue Angel.

A former win­ner of the Ir­ish Na­tional and the Kerry Na­tional, Rogue Angel is one of a hand­ful of Gor­don El­liott-trained run­ners and can be fan­cied to add to his “Na­tional” col­lec­tion.

JP McManus runs three in the big, in­clud­ing the El­liott-trained Timiyan, although the owner’s best chance could come from The Gat­e­checker .

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