An emotional Ruby Walsh announced his retirement with immediate effect following his win in the Coral Punchestown Gold Cup. Ruby who turns 40 next month has enjoyed an incredible career spanning two decades, riding many memorable winners at The Punchestown Festival such as, Hurricane Fly, Quevega, Kauto Star, Annie Power and Douvan to mention but a few.
The Coral Punchestown Gold Cup
- Kemboy trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Ruby Walsh
- Al Boum Photo trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Paul Townend
- Storyteller trained by Gordon Elliott ridden by Davy Russell
Winner of the Bollinger Best Dressed Lady Competition was Kate Nally McCormack from Longford, wearing a head piece by Suzanne Ryan teamed with a Self Portrait dress and a bag, shoes and earrings all from Zara. The busy working mum of three said “I am over the moon, this is such an amazing prize, roll on the final on Friday!”
Ruby Walsh as he announced his retirement with immediate effect at the Punchestown Festival. "I’ve been so lucky from day one to ride so many incredible horses. I never dreamt I’d get the ride the likes of the equine athletes that I rode and no jockey is any good without the horses…"From the very beginning from Alexander Banquet, Kauto Star, Big Bucks, Masterminded, Denman, Huricane Fly, Annie Power, Kemboy, you name them, Un De Sceaux, in anybody’s lifetime, I rode the best horses….I talked to [my wife] Gillian a good while ago and there comes a time when you just want to do something else and I’ve been a jump jockey for 24 years and I’m nearly 40. I thought I want to do something else for the next 24 years and I’m lucky enough to have great sponsors and contacts."