Congratulations to Ruby Walsh on a fantastic riding career. As Sir Anthony said, he is the Lionel Messi of riders and following last night’s free kick, that is saying something.
He is undoubtedly one of the greats and as his father said, his greatest asset was his mind which put up with many a bad fall and disappointment.
His technique at an obstacle was extraordinary although as many would agree, possibly this obsession was taken too far at the last obstacle on a few occasions. However he has gone out at the top.
Never mind Kemboy, look at the way he rode Allaho in the race previously and how he let such a long-striding horse meet so many obstacles spot on.
It was always interesting to watch other people watch Ruby’s horses, Kauto Star and Denman being perfect examples – just ask McCoy. Like all complete naturals, he still worked hard at it.
His retirement was no surprise to those of us that saw him walk the Grand National course with his daughters this year. Rumours were rife that had he won the race he would have retired there and then.
As ever, Ruby’s timing was perfect and broadcasting will be more insightful as he plans a career on the silver screen.