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Walsh suffers Naas fall

Ruby Walsh was back in the wars just days before the Cheltenham Festival when suffering a nasty final-flight fall at Naas.

The jockey was covering a side of his face as he walked to the ambulance following the tumble from King Of The Refs in the Tote Jackpot Maiden Hurdle. He only returned to action last Friday after being sidelined for four months with a broken leg.

The latest scare comes close to Cheltenham where Walsh has a powerful book of rides, mainly for Willie Mullins and Paul Nicholls. They include Master Minded in the sportingbet.com Queen Mother Champion Chase, Big Buck's in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle and Kauto Star in the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup.

He was reported to have a cut under his left eye which may require stitching and was stood down for the rest of the day.

Paul Townend was brought down on Boro Bee at the same obstacle but he appeared unscathed.

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