Ruby Walsh, who had been out injured since last March, today made a winning return to the saddle in his first ride back at the Galway Races.
Aboard the aptly named Easy Game for dominant trainer Willie Mullins, Walsh was prominent all the way on the four year old before taking up the running on the last circuit. Jumping with fluency, Walsh eased his mount clear before riding him out up the stretch for a good win from the Davy Russell ridden Count Simon in second.
Walsh, who broke his leg in a fall last November, made a return to action at this years Cheltenham Festival last March only to re-fracture the same break. That has left him on the sidelines since with many questioning if the now 38 year old, who has had 21 serious injuries including multiple fractures all over his body, would have the same appetite upon return.
Today was only the first step, but it was a step in the right direction for Walsh and with a strong book of rides this week, he will be the focus of much attention from punters and the racing media alike.