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Ted Walsh apologises for “nasty” comments during Punchestown race

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The commentator said that a horse deserved a hiding, among other things.

Ted Walsh has apologised for “nasty” comments he made during a Punchestown race over the weekend.

Walsh was working for RTÉ covering the horseracing festival, when a horse refused to jump, which resulted in the jockey falling in the three mile Cross Country Steeplechase.

After the fall, Walsh said that the horse deserved a hiding, and that he should have been stood on by the jockey.

He said: “The horse that refused, he’s a dirty, rotten so and so to refuse that. Jump it both ways, man on his back. Jesus, I’ll tell you one thing, a hiding wouldn’t be good enough for him.”

“He had no intention of jumping. He gave a horrible fall. It’s a wonder he didn’t follow him over and stand on him. He’s a chicken hearted so and so, that horse. Dirty, rotten, cowardly so and so.”

Ted Walsh apologises for comments

Naturally, many in the horse racing world took issue with Walsh’s comments and how it made the sport look in general, leading to an apology.

Minister of State in the Department of Agriculture Pippa Hackett was one of many to call out his comments, saying they were “unacceptable”.

In a statement issued to the Irish Mirror, he said: “On RTÉ One’s Racing from Punchestown broadcast last Saturday, when analysing a horse’s refusal to jump an obstacle which led to a young man suffering a heavy fall, I said that ‘a hiding wouldn’t be good enough him,’ he said.

“This was an unfortunate turn of phrase and in no way reflects my views on the welfare of animals. I would never condone the use of physical force on any animal, and I sincerely apologise for any offence that my words caused.”

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