The Paddy Power Blog has acquired this shaky iphone footage of Ruby Walsh’s remarkable victory on eight-year-old Blackstairmountain in the Nakayama Grand Jump in Japan on Saturday, the second most valuable jumps race in the world. The Racing Post reports that only the £975k Grand National is worth more.
Ruby Walsh picked up a very taster winner’s cheque of £465k for trainer Willie Mullins and owner Rich Ricci, from the race pot which is JPY124,000,000 or £821k.
Blackstairmountain has been in Japan since he cantered around (and finished ninth) in last month’s Pegasus Jump Stakes, which was clearly just to get him used to the lay of the land and the sushi.
The starting price on Saturday at the track? 25/1. Christonabike.
Walsh, after his first winner outside Europe, chuckled: “It’s a long way from Ireland to here and you come to win, you don’t come to take part.” Cheers for that, Ruby, and good work honing your Japanese language skills.
Outstanding stuff on a 2m5f crazy-ass figure-eight course.
For some proper footage check out the below video which includes an interview with Ruby.