Walsh suffers broken leg in Down Royal fall

IRELAND`S champion jockey Ruby Walsh`s faces months on the sidelines after he broke the tibia and fibula in his right leg in a fall aboard Corrick Bridge at Down Royal on Saturday afternoon.

In a painful illustration of the dangers associated with National Hunt racing, Walsh had earlier been at his imperious best when steering Kauto Star and The Nightingale to big-race victories for trainer Paul Nicholls, before his fall on the Tony Martin-trained chaser.

Having been attended to at the course, Walsh was placed on a stretcher and left the track in an ambulance, where he was taken straight to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, and will undergo surgery on Sunday morning.

In attendance with Walsh was Turf Club chief medical officer Adrian McGoldrick, who said on Saturday night: "Ruby was taken straight to Royal Victoria Hospital and x-rayed there. He was found to have fractured his tibia and fibula.

"He will see a specialist in the morning with a view to undergoing surgery. Ruby is obviously very upset but he`s in good hands."

"The medical team on the track did a great job and I`m grateful for that."

Walsh only returned to action in mid-August following a lengthy absence after shattering his arm in a fall from Celestial Halo at Aintree on Grand National day last April.

Corrick Bridge was reported to have got up and ran off apparently unscathed after the fall.

Posted at 7th November 2010 by Racing Post Staff