Sport in Brief: Welcome tonic for Walsh as title defence looms
Sunday 13 March 2011
At the 10th time of asking since his comeback from injury, Ruby Walsh completed his rehabilitation with a win at Sandown yesterday, a timely tonic three days before the Cheltenham Festival, writes Sue Montgomery.
Walsh, who is favourite – albeit an uneasy one, challenged in the market by Barry Geraghty – to retain his title at this week's meeting, cruised home on Paul Nicholls-trained Mon Parrain in the three-mile handicap. "That was just the job," said the Irishman. "It's a relief to get a win on the board, but to be fair I've not ridden many I should have won on since I started back. You're actually only as good as the horses you ride." Mon Parrain was his first success since The Nightingale at Down Royal on 6 November, the day he broke both bones in his right leg; he will be in action again today at Navan. Alarazi, who beat Via Galilei comfortably in Sandown's feature, the Imperial Cup, will on Friday chase the £75,000 bonus offered for a follow-up win at Cheltenham by the sponsors Paddy Power. "He's in both the County Hurdle and the conditional jockeys' race that day," said winning trainer Lucy Wadham. "Though I'd prefer the County, he may not get in."
Defending champion Imperial Commander heads the 15 left in the Gold Cup at yesterday's penultimate entry stage, with no surprise omissions. But one of the leading Ryanair Chase fancies, Irish raider Tranquil Sea, was ruled out yesterday after an unsatisfactory scope.
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