Ruby ready to roll

07 March 2018 05:43:42 EST

Ruby Walsh intends to return to race-riding at Thurles on Thursday as he bids to complete his Cheltenham Festival preparations.

The festival's all-time leading rider has not raced since he broke his leg in a fall from Let's Dance in November.

Walsh has been stepping up his prep work at boss Willie Mullins' Closutton yard in recent times, although last week's storm and the lack of jumps racing denied him the chance to get out on the track.

He is, of course, keen to get some match practice in before the Cheltenham Festival begins on Tuesday and he is aiming to be at Thurles.

"I'm ready for action. I was hoping to go last weekend but the weather put a halt to that," Walsh told Racing UK.

"We've several meetings rearranged for this week but we've still got lying and thawing snow, so what's going to happen is uncertain. Hopefully I'll be back on Thursday or Friday with a bit of luck.

"I've been riding out for dad (Ted Walsh) for the last two-and-a-half weeks."

Walsh, 555/1 to be the Top Jockey at next week's Festival, admits he won't be riding a punishing schedule between now and Tuesday at Cheltenham.

"It's risk versus reward. For the last 15-and-a-half weeks the reward for me has always been the Supreme, so it's how many risks do you take? Every time you ride in a race you take a chance," he added.

"You have to balance up how many risks you are going to take before you get the ultimate reward and for me that has always been to walk out for the Supreme Novices'."

The Mullins-trained Getabird is 6/4 to win the Supreme Novices' Hurdle on Tuesday, while the Irish champion trainer is 5/6 to have over 4.5 winners during the four-day festival.

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