Champion jockey Ruby Walsh stepped down as first jockey for Paul Nicholls’ Manor Farm stable last night, ending one of the most successful partnerships in horse racing. On the back of that announcement, and after some heated discussion in Power Tower, we have compiled ten of the best partnerships in sporting history.
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1. Ruby Walsh and Paul Nicholls
Ruby Walsh was the number one jockey for Paul Nicholls and struck up and incredibly successful partnership. Walsh won more than £6.7 million in prize-money on Grade One winners for Paul Nicholls from April 2001 including two Gold Cups and five King Georges.
2. Tiger Woods and Steve Williams
Williams caddied for his close friend Woods from 1999 to 2011. In this time Woods won 14 majors and Williams was credited with helping Woods with key shots and putts. Williams also wrestled a $7,000 camera off a fan and threw it in a pond in the 2006 Ryder Cup after the fan took a picture of Woods during his swing.
3. Triple H and Shawn Michaels
Certainly not the most successful tag-team in WWF history but easily one of the greatest. Together Triple H and Shawn Michaels created D-Generation X and together the won the tag team championship twice. Any partnership that recruits Mike Tyson as a member, has a crotch-chopping pyrotechnic show and uses the slogan ‘Suck It’ makes the list. No debate necessary.
4. Michael Schumacher and Ross Brawn
Ross Brawn was the technical director at Benetton and Ferrari and part of the most successful pairing in motorsport history. Michael Schumacher was behind the wheel and together they won seven World Constructors’ Championships and seven World Drivers’ Championships from 1994 to 2006.
5. Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde
Together the two Australians won a record 61 ATP doubles titles including 11 Grand Slams. The Woodies dominated the mens doubles for the 1990’s and won seven Wimbledon titles.
6. Peter Taylor and Brian Clough
Clough and Taylor successfully turned around the fortunes of Derby County and Nottingham Forest becoming a formidable partnership in the dugout. Assistant manager Taylor had an eye for buying talent and Clough’s man management shaped the team. Together they won two First Division titles, two League Cups, two European Cups and a European Super Cup.
7. Steve Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent
From 1990 to 1996 Redgrave and Pinsent dominated British rowing. They won four Coxless Pair World Rowing golds and two Olympic golds in six incredible years on the water. Both men hold the record for most Olympic and World Championship gold medals with 14 each.
8. Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose
The West Indies fast bowling partnership of Walsh and Ambrose was so good they now do celebrity appearances together. In 1992 in a test match at home against South Africa, the tourists needed just 79 runs on the final day and had lost just two wickets. Ambrose and Walsh stepped up to dismantle the opposition for just 26 runs.
9. Cus D’Amato and Mike Tyson
D’Amato is the man Tyson credits with building his confidence, turning his life around, and being the only father figure in his life. D’Amato took Tyson under his wing and trained him in his gym in new York, eventually adopting him when Tyson’s mother died. D’Amato passed away in November 1985, shortly before Tyson went on to become the youngest World Heavyweight Champion in history.
10. Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean
Torvill and Dean are former British, European, Olympic and World Champion ice dancers. The pair became the highest scoring figure skaters of all time at the 1984 Winter Olympics receiving twelve perfect 6.0s and six 5.9s. They are five-time World Professional Champions and someone at ITV thinks they are box office entertainment on Dancing On Ice.