IN­JURY BLOW Week­end ac­tion suf­fers as jock­eys Walsh & Rus­sell ruled out in­def­i­nitely after falls

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - SPORT - BY PETER O’HE­HIR

BOTH Ruby Walsh and Davy Rus­sell look set to miss this week­end’s ac­tion, in Naas and Na­van, due to in­jury.

Walsh missed the win­ning ride on Brahma Bull in Thurles yes­ter­day, hav­ing ag­gra­vated a (bruised) hand in­jury sus­tained when Mys­tic Theatre fell at Down Royal last Fri­day.

The mul­ti­ple cham­pi­onjockey had eight rides in the in­ter­ven­ing days, in­clud­ing two win­ners, but was stood down yes­ter­day. And it is un­clear when he’ll re­sume, with Paul Tow­nend wait­ing in the wings to take over on Wil­lie Mullins’ high-pro­file run­ners over the week­end.

Mean­while, Davy Rus­sell, be­low, was taken to hospi­tal in Water­ford for ex­am­i­na­tion and x-rays on a (left) foot/an­kle in­jury he sus­tained when Ron­ava fell at the third fence in yes­ter­day’s Lit­tle­ton Hand­i­cap Chase in


The ex­tent of

Rus­sell’s in­jury was un­known last night. But he was very sore leav­ing

Thurles and al­most in­evitably faces a spell on the side-lines.

Paul Tow­nend deputised suc­cess­fully for Walsh on board 2/9 shot Brahma Bull in the Maiden Hur­dle, se­cond leg of a short-priced dou­ble for Mullins in Thurles. Win­ner of three bumpers, the Pre­sent­ing geld­ing sur­vived an awk­ward jump at the se­cond last be­fore stretch­ing clear to beat Evis­cer­at­ing (Jack Kennedy re­plac­ing Davy Rus­sell) by 11 lengths.

“He’s made for chas­ing,” said Pa­trick Mullins, who ar­rived home mid-morn­ing from Mel­bourne.

“He was quite keen to­day, over that longer trip, and we’ll have to teach him to set­tle. He’ll stay hur­dling this sea­son, but he looks a real chaser.”

First leg of the Mullins dou­ble was True Self, which built on her two bumper suc­cesses in the Tem­ple­more Mares Maiden Hur­dle, scor­ing con­vinc­ingly un­der Brian Hayes, who is spon­sored by the filly’s owner Neville Ea­ger.

And Noel Meade in­tro­duced a po­ten­tially smart prospect when Daly Tiger, un­der an ul­tra-cool ride by Nina Car­berry cruised to vic­tory in the bumper.

STOOD DOWN Ruby Walsh ag­gra­vated an in­jury he sus­tained at Down Royal on Fri­day. Paul Tow­nend is wait­ing in the wings to re­place him


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