Jockey Mark Walsh ruled out of Cheltenham after breaking arm in Thurles fall

This season’s leading winner ruled out for six weeks in fall that also saw Davy Russell take knock

Joackey Mark Walsh will miss Cheltenham after breaking an arm in a fall at Thurles. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Joackey Mark Walsh will miss Cheltenham after breaking an arm in a fall at Thurles. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

 

Mark Walsh’s title aspirations were dealt a hammer blow after the leading Irish jockey suffered a broken arm in a fall at Thurles.

Walsh, who rides the bulk of leading owner JP McManus’s Irish-based horses, was partnering the Mick Winters-trained 11-4 favourite Winter Breeze in the Killinan Maiden Hurdle when he came to grief three flights from the finish.

His tumble brought down Dontbackme, with Lets High Five It also unseating his rider at the same obstacle.

That was not the end of the drama as Goodluck Noel fell at the second last, bringing down the Davy Russell-ridden Lahaag.

Russell was stood down for the rest of the day, but emerged with only minor injuries.

Walsh, however, who currently leads the jockeys’ title race, was not so lucky and a likely six-week absence will see him miss the upcoming Cheltenham Festival and a crucial part of the season.

Walsh’s agent, Garry Cribbin, said: “He’s broken his left arm and he’s also chipped a bone in his ankle. The good news is it’s a clean break, but I am absolutely gutted for Mark.

“He’d worked so hard to build up a lead over the boys (in the title race) and I only hope we get another go at it. I think Mark deserves it.

“It’s hugely disappointing, but you have to put things into perspective and it could have been a lot worse. He’s actually been quite lucky.

“I spoke to the doctor and he thinks we’re talking about six weeks out.

“We’ve still got the whole of March ahead of us, so fingers crossed he’ll be back in time for Punchestown at the end of April.”

Walsh currently leaves the jockeys’ standings on 68 winners, with Paul Townend second on 59 and Ruby Walsh third on 56.

Russell’s agent, Andrew ‘Frosty’ Kelly, said: “Davy is a bit sore but he’s fine.

“He’s due to ride at Doncaster on Friday, but we’ll make a call after we see how he is in the morning.”

Thurles clerk of the course Lorcan Wyer reported all other jockeys involved to be unscathed.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.