Abbyssial falls with Ruby Walsh during the JCB Triumph HurdlePICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos)
Cheltenham Festival: Injured Walsh out for three months after fall
RUBY WALSH looks set to miss up to three months after suffering an arm injury in the first race at Cheltenham on Gold Cup day.
Ireland's champion jockey was taken to hospital in Gloucester after walking away from a fall from Abbyssial in front of the stands grimacing and clutching his right arm. It was reported that he had sustained a compound fracture of the right humerus.
His father, Ted Walsh, said: "He has an injury high on his right arm. He has been taken to hospital."
Confirming the injury, Dr Adrian McGoldrick, senior medical officer of the Turf Club, said he expects Walsh to miss the next three months.
Before his fall, Walsh had been the leading jockey at this year's Cheltenham Festival with three winners in the previous three days.
Among the rides he misses are Briar Hill, red-hot favourite for the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle, and On His Own in the Gold Cup.