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  • Ruby Walsh suffered a suspected broken leg after falling on Al Boum Photo 
  • Both horse and jockey came down at the penultimate fence of the RSA Chase
  • Walsh was rushed to hospital after hobbling from the track on Wednesday 
  • The 38-year-old jockey has only recently returned from a nasty leg break 

By Daniel Matthews For Mailonline

Published: 10:47 EDT, 14 March 2018 | Updated: 11:18 EDT, 14 March 2018

Ruby Walsh's Cheltenham Festival could be over after the jockey suffered a suspected broken leg during the RSA Chase on Wednesday.

The 38-year-old was in contention atop Al Boum Photo in the second race of day-two, when the horse suffered a nasty fall at the penultimate fence.

Rich Ricci, owner of a number of Walsh's rides, told ITV the jockey had broken his leg. For now, though, Walsh has been stood down for the day and taken to hospital for an X-ray.

Ruby Walsh has been rushed to hospital with a suspected leg break after falling at Cheltenham
Ruby Walsh has been rushed to hospital with a suspected leg break after falling at Cheltenham

Ruby Walsh has been rushed to hospital with a suspected leg break after falling at Cheltenham

The iconic jockey was immediately stood down for the day and hurried off for an X-ray
The iconic jockey was immediately stood down for the day and hurried off for an X-ray

The iconic jockey was immediately stood down for the day and hurried off for an X-ray

On day one of the 2018 Festival, Walsh had ridden Benie Des Dieux and Footpad to victory
On day one of the 2018 Festival, Walsh had ridden Benie Des Dieux and Footpad to victory

On day one of the 2018 Festival, Walsh had ridden Benie Des Dieux and Footpad to victory

After the bad fall, Al Boum Photo was back to his feet quickly. But Walsh stayed down and was soon surrounded by green screens, prompting fears he had suffered a serious injury.

Thanks to the support of medical staff, however, the 38-year-old hobbled from the track before being taken to hospital.

Walsh is the most successful jockey in the history of the festival and had enjoyed a fine start to this year's edition.

Presenting Percy came from behind to take victory in the RSA Steeple Chase at Cheltenham

Jockey Davy Russell was mobbed upon his impressive run with Presenting Percy
Jockey Davy Russell was mobbed upon his impressive run with Presenting Percy

Jockey Davy Russell was mobbed upon his impressive run with Presenting Percy

Having only recently returned from a nasty leg break he suffered at Punchestown last year, he rode Benie Des Dieux and Footpad to victory on day one.  

In Walsh's absence, Presenting Percy came from behind to take victory in the RSA Chase, after biding its time at the base of the pack.

The heavy favourite, jockeyed by Davy Russell, put on a powerful finish to take a convincing win.

Having won the Pertemps Final 12 months ago, the horse went on to comfortably prove himself much better than a handicapper,


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