Ruby Walsh has revealed that Sean O’Brien offered valuable advice after the jockey’s horror fall at the Cheltenham Festival last March.
Leinster and Ireland rugby star O’Brien (27) is out for six months and is having shoulder reconstructive surgery in the UK today, according to reports. O’Brien had surgery on the shoulder late last year but it became infected and the flanker will be out for “five or six months”.
Horse racing’s iron man, Ruby, is ready for a comeback to jumps this Sunday in Tipperary after his own problems. Ruby was leading the field in the Triumph Hurdle on Abbyssial when his mount hit a hurdle and fell. The entire field passed over the top of the Kildare man, who was then bundled over once more by a tumbling Abbyssial. Cheers for that, horse.
Ruby (35) made a comeback from that fall for a limited number of rides, including Nicky Henderson’s Long Run at Auteuil in France for the Grand Steeple Chase de Paris in May. However, his litany of knocks in the line of duty meant it was time for serious surgery.
Ruby told the Paddy Power Blog: “My recovery from injury is very nearly complete and, thankfully, it has gone as planned. On June 9 I had rotator cuff reconstruction on my right shoulder. Or basically I had three ligaments reattached to stabilise my shoulder and hold it place as a result of damaged caused over the last three years but finished off when I dislocated it again in Cheltenham last March.
Sean O’Brien rang me when I was in hospital in Cheltenham in March, and gave some valuable advice on treatment which I took. Thankfully, my injury seems to have worked out a bit better but it’ll work out for Sean and I wish him well.
Ruby added: “The rehab work I have done since has been very intense but I can really feel the benefit now and have been back riding out for about three weeks. I can’t wait to finally get back race riding this weekend.”
Ruby rides Indevan for Willie Mullins in Tipperary on Sunday.
Good news for racing fans and Ruby, the man with a record 41 winners at the Cheltenham Festival since 1998.
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