Rupert 'Ruby' Walsh
Rupert ‘Ruby’ Walsh is an Irish National Hunt jockey. Showing talent at an early age, he won the Irish amateur title twice and the Aintree Grand National on his first attempt. To date, he has ridden over 2000 winners including 45 at the Cheltenham Festival.
Born in County Kildare, Ireland, Ruby Walsh is acknowledged as one of the greatest talents horse racing has seen in recent years.
Coming from a horse racing family, Ruby began his career in the saddle as a teenager winning the Irish amateur title twice before becoming a professional jockey.
Ruby’s list of race wins is quite remarkable. One of his greatest achievements will always remain winning the Aintree Grand National at the first attempt, aged just 20 on Papillon, a horse trained by his father, Ted Walsh. He repeated the feat again in 2005 riding Hedgehunter trained by Willie Mullins.
During his illustrious racing career, Ruby rode over 2000 winners, among them 45 at the Cheltenham Festival including the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Other wins include; the King George VI Chase, the Whitbread Gold Cup, the Hennessy Gold Cup, the Irish Grand National and the Welsh Grand National. 2007 proved to be a particularly successful season with Ruby totalling the fastest ever century of winners in Irish jump racing history. He went on to finish the season with an incredible 198 combined wins in Ireland and the UK. Among his numerous accolades Ruby can also list a record-breaking seven winners in four days at the 2009 Cheltenham Festival, winner of the leading rider’s award on numerous occasions, winner of the British Horseracing Board Jockey’s Order of Merit and Irish Jump Jockey Champion a staggering twelve times.
Down to earth and engaging, Ruby is in frequent demand by the media and as an after dinner speaker. He is also available for product launches, personal appearances, interviews and panel shows.