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Abbyssial and Ruby Walsh fall

Ruby Walsh: dislocated a shoulder and fractured a humerus in a nasty fall from Abbyssial in the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival last month

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Walsh to ride out for first time since horror fall

IRISH champion jockey-elect Ruby Walsh is set to ride out for the first time since March this weekend as he bids to return to the saddle in time to partner a plethora of well-fancied horses for Willie Mullins at the Punchestown festival.

Walsh, who fractured his humerus and dislocated his shoulder in a nasty fall from Abbyssial in the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, missed Aintree and it looked as if he would miss the other spring festivals. But he is recovering quicker than expected.

"I thought I'd be out for quite a bit longer, so to find out I might make Punchestown has made the time shorter than I thought it would be," Walsh told Racing UK.

"I'll be getting back on [a horse] at the weekend. I will have to have an operation, but I won't have to have it until later in the summer. They did enough with me to get me fit enough to ride and I'll have the operation a bit further down the line.

"The doctors are happy with it and if they're happy with it, I'm more than happy. I'll probably be fitter going to Punchestown than I was going to Cheltenham - if the physio has his way!"

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