Kildare's Katie Walsh lands 33/1 winner in Cheltenham on bittersweet day for family

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Kildare's Katie Walsh lands 33/1 winner in Cheltenham on bittersweet day for family
17:52 Wednesday 14th of March 2018

Katie Walsh made it a third festival win of her career at Cheltenham when she landed the Weatherby Champion Bumper in the final race this evening with Relegate.

The Kildare jockey came from nowhere to usurp leader - and stablemate - Carefully Selected to win the bumper for trainer Willie Mullins, a fine achievement for Walsh whose mount went out as a rank 33/1 outsider with some bookmakers.

It was a bittersweet day for the Walsh family after Ruby suffered a suspected broken leg when falling off Al Boum Photo in the second race of the day, leading to him being stood down for the rest of the afternoon.

It looks like the Kill man's season could be over if it is a second leg break in the space of five months, having only returned to the saddle six days ago in Thurles to make it to Cheltenham.

Another Kildare jockey, Mark Walsh, was also on the mark for Willie Mullins as he captured the Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle with Bleu Berry.

Mark Walsh, who took over from jockey Paul Townend who switched horses following Ruby Walsh's injury, said;

"You don't want to ride a winner like that and Paul would have rode him before getting on Ruby's horse, but I'm just delighted to be called up by Willie to ride him.

"They went a nice gallop and everything went to plan.

"We got the splits, he winged the last, and had enough petrol in the tank."

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