Ruby Walsh won’t require surgery on broken leg

Jockey fell from Let’s Dance at Punchestown on Saturday, no time frame on his recovery

Ruby Walsh won’t require surgery after breaking his leg in a fall at Punchestown on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ruby Walsh won’t require surgery after breaking his leg in a fall at Punchestown on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

 

Ruby Walsh remains in hospital but does not require surgery on a broken leg he sustained from a fall at Punchestown on Saturday.

The top jumps jockey suffered the injury aboard Let’s Dance at the fourth-last flight of the Frontline Security Grabel Mares Hurdle.

Walsh, who had two falls earlier on the card, was attended to on the track before being taken to hospital in Naas for X-rays. He was then transferred to Tallaght Hospital in Dublin.

Turf Club chief medical officer Dr Adrian McGoldrick said: “The leg doesn’t require surgery, which is very reassuring. It’s in a plaster cast.

“It’s too early to say how long he’ll be out for. He’ll have X-rays again in a week’s time and we’ll see what’s what.

“We just have to be guided by his consultants.”

Meanwhile Vroum Vroum Mag is a late withdrawal from the Unibet Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown.

The multiple Grade One-winning mare, trained by Willie Mullins, will miss the big race as she is lame.

A field of four will now go to post, headed by her stablemate Faugheen, who is set to have his first race since January 2016.

He will be ridden by Paul Townend in the absence of the injured Walsh.

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