Legendary Irish jockey Ruby Walsh has announced his retirement from the sport of horse racing, which is effective immediately.
At the age of 39, Walsh will leave the sport after a glittering career that has spanned nearly two decades – a career that has seen him take home some of the sport’s most prestigious honours.
Ending his run on a high, Ruby managed to ride his horse Kemboy to a dramatic finish in the Punchestown Gold Cup today and in the race’s aftermath, he revealed that he would be calling it a day once and for all.
Speaking to the media, Walsh had the following to say about his retirement:
“You’ll never see me on a horse again, I’m finished” said Walsh in his post-race interview.
“I’ve been so lucky to ride so many incredible horses.
“I was always taught it as a kid: it’s always about the big day. He [gesturing to his father Ted] always taught it to me. That’s what it is about, the big day.
“Being honest, if Rathvinden had won the Grand National I probably would have bowed out on him as there’s no bigger stage than that.
“There comes a time when you want to do something else. I’ve been a jump jockey for 24 years, I’m nearly 40 and I want to do something else for the next 24 years.
“I have great contacts and sponsors in racing, with RacingTV, the Irish Examiner and Paddy Power so instead of them being bit-parts of my life, they are going to be my life now.” (via RTÉ)
— Barry Orr (@BetfairBarry) May 1, 2019