Ruby Walsh has been stood down after the second race on day two of Cheltenham as he was brought to hospital with a suspected broken leg following a fall in the RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase.
The Kill jockey had already ran in the opening race of the day on board Next Destination, but he suffered the injury when falling from Al Boum Photo in the second race. He has been brought to hospital with a suspected broken leg and was due to undergo x-rays to assess the damage.
It meant that Walsh in unable to partner Douvan in the Queen Mother Champion Chase, while also putting his participation at the rest of the festival and next month’s Punchestown Festival in doubt.
It also allowed a window of opportunity for Clane jockey Mark Walsh as he stepped in for the Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle and mounted Bleu Berry, whom he led home in first for Willie Mullins at odds of 20/1.
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