BaroqueAgain1 wrote:A visit to the Colonies paid off pretty well for Irish jockey Ruby Walsh.
Irish jockey Ruby Walsh scores with Rawnaq in Grand National
Owner Irv Naylor and trainer Cyril Murphy had to find a new jockey for star jumper Rawnaq after regular rider Jack Doyle sustained multiple injuries in a spill during the running of the Grade 1 Lonesome Glory at Belmont Park on Sept. 22.
“It was very hard to replace the jockey,” Naylor said of Doyle, the leader on the National Steeplechase Association circuit this season with 11 wins and $500,200 in purse earnings. “He’s the best there is. We cast a very wide net.”
Naylor and Murphy wound up making a deal to bring Ruby Walsh, the 10-time champion Irish jump jockey, to come to America just to ride Rawnaq in the Grade 1, $350,000 Grand National at Far Hills, N.J.
“I didn’t have to be asked twice,” Walsh said. “Rawnaq is the best steeplechase horse in America. It was really a no-brainer.”
The long trip was worthwhile as Walsh rode Rawnaq to a three-quarter-length victory over Scorpiancer in the Grand National, the richest steeplechase event in North America. He completed 2 5/8 miles over a firm course in 4:50.
Scorpiancer, who became a Grade 1 winner in the Lonesome Glory, was easily second-best. Sharp Rise, one of two European imports in the field, contested the early pace with Rawnaq before fading to third.
Naylor and Murphy also teamed up to win last year’s Grand National with Dawalan, but the Eclipse Award champion was injured early this season, leaving Rawnaq as the stable’s capable replacement.
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Catalina wrote:Any word on Rudyard K, the horse that Jack Doyle had been riding in that 9/22 spill?
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