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Ruby Walsh rides milestone 2,500th career winner at Gowran

Gowran Park Racing, Gowran, Kilkenny 21/1/2016  The Langton House Hotel Maiden Hurdle Au Quart De Tour ridden by Ruby Walsh comes home to win  Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
Ruby Walsh rode his 2,500th winner on Thurssday

IRISH jockey Ruby Walsh rode what is believed to be his 2,500th winner as Au Quart De Tour triumphed at Gowran.

The 10-times Irish champion jump jockey claimed his victory on Thursday, January 21 at the same course where he recorded his first domestic winner in July 1995, on board Siren Song which was trained by his father Ted.

Following Footpad winning the opener, Walsh made it a brace as Au Quart De Tour, trained by Willie Mullins, pulled eight lengths clear of Alamein as the even-money favourite for the Langton House Hotel Maiden Hurdle, Racing UK reports.

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Leopardstown Racing 25/1/2009 Jockey Ruby Walsh following a narrow loss Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie *** Local Caption ***
Ruby Walsh after a narrow loss at Leopardstown Racing in 2009 (Photo: Inpho)

Whilst a stewards’ inquiry has yet to confirm the exact total, Walsh said of the landmark figure: “I know one person that’s not counting anyway.”

Speaking about the confusion over the exact number of his wins, Walsh added: “I probably would have ridden a few as an amateur on the Flat more so than as a professional.

“I don’t know to be honest, but when you think about it it’s still a long way behind Dicky (Richard Johnson) and a very, very long way behind AP (McCoy).”

Cheltenham 18/3/1998; Festival Bumper Ruby Walsh and Alexander Banquet © INPHO/Patrick Bolger
Ruby Walsh at Cheltenham in 1998 (Photo: Inpho)

During his career that spans over 20 years, Walsh secured career victories the Grand National, the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle, on both sides of the Irish Sea, an Australian Grand National and Japan’s biggest jumps prize, the Nakayama Grand Jump.

Ruby Walsh’s career in numbers:

10 – Irish Champion Jockey Titles

1998 – The year of his first full season as a professional rider

1,738 – Irish victories

754 – British victories

20 – How old he was when he won the English Grand National in 2000 on Papillon at his first attempt

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