Farewell to one of the greatest ever, Ruby Walsh
Only Ruby Walsh could win a Punchestown Gold Cup and retire from the sport with immediate effect.
He leaves as he'll be remembered, at the very, very top.
There are many disputes in life, even more online and there are plenty of bad-luck betting stories that everyone has - final fences falls. But Ruby Walsh's career transmits above all that noise, all those heartbreaks and all those painful falls. He's a man who will go down as one of the all time greatest and he's a man who bows out with the respect of sportspeople the world over.
At 39 years of age, celebrating yet another win, Ruby called it a day in his native Kildare.
— Punchestown (@punchestownrace) May 1, 2019
The perennial leading jockey at the Cheltenham festival, the serial winner and 39-year-old legend will no longer be your sure-thing in the bookies. And he'll no longer be the man continuously propping Irish sport up on top of all his victories.
But, by Jesus, his mark has been left.