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Ruby Walsh all set to sparkle

By Jimmy Walker

Ruby Walsh has been given the all-clear to return to action at Roscommon on Monday after being sidelined with a broken arm for just over four months.

The top Irish jockey sustained the injury in a fall from Celestial Halo in the Aintree Hurdle at Liverpool on Grand National day in April.

He had hoped to make his comeback at the Galway Festival three weeks earlier, but his surgeon Bill Quinlan advised him to wait a bit longer.

“He went to see his surgeon, Mr Quinlan, on Wednesday and he gave him the all-clear to resume at Roscommon next Monday,” said Ruby’s sister Jennifer Walsh, who is also his agent.

“It wasn't actually the fall that caused the damage. It was a horse coming along behind him that stood on top of him and broke his arm in three places.

“It was the three breaks that took the time to heal which is why it has taken longer.

“Ruby went back last Wednesday and the surgeon is 100 per cent happy with it.

“He's been riding out for the past 10 days for his Dad (Ted) and at Willie Mullins' yard, so he's ready to go on Monday.”

Meanwhile, Tom Dascombe is praying the ground will not be too soft for Noverre To Go in the William Hill Great St Wilfrid Handicap at Ripon today.

The four-year-old colt has run creditable races from poor draws in the Wokingham and Stewards' Cup after winning at Newmarket.

And now his Cheshire-based trainer fears the possibility of soft ground will scupper his chances.

“He would have a great chance except that Ripon chose to water, even though they were forecast rain,” said Dascombe.

“If it goes anywhere near good to soft I may as well not run him.

“He can't win if it's soft. He ran well at Goodwood but they had rain on watered ground and it looks like the same thing will happen at Ripon.

“I'll monitor the conditions and if it's anywhere near good to firm ground he'd have a right chance.

“He's a proper horse — he just needs the ground to be right for him.”

Noel Wilson hopes Pavershooz can build on a promising comeback run after having a wind operation, but feels the six furlongs might just stretch his stamina.

“I think his best trip is five furlongs but we wanted to go to Ripon rather than York with him.

“If the horse runs to form he should be thereabouts,” added Wilson.

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