Injured Walsh out of Grand National

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Ruby Walsh has been ruled out of the Grand National with a fractured wrist after two falls at Aintree on Friday.

The two-time winner was set to ride the Willie Mullins-trained Sir Des Champs in Saturday’s race at Aintree.

Walsh, 36, gave up his final two rides on Friday after first falling on the 1-5 favourite Vautour in the Melling Chase and then on Blood Cotil in the Topham Chase.

Nina Carberry will deputise for Walsh aboard Sir Des Champs.

Mullins earlier played down the severity of Walsh’s injuries after he did not take up his mounts on Bellshill in Sefton Novices’ Hurdle or Battleford in the final race of the day.

“As far as I know he stood himself down and has decided to take rest of the day off. He’ll be fine for tomorrow,” he said.

Sir Des Champs, the 2013 Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up, was a 40-1 chance before the field was finalised on Thursday, but his odds halved after Walsh – victorious on Papillon in 2000 and Hedgehunter in 2005 – was confirmed as jockey.


Trainer Willie Mullins confirmed on Twitter than Carberry will replace Walsh in the Grand National, with Paul Townend getting the nod for Walsh’s other rides on Yorkhill and Douvan

More to follow.

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