'It's great to be back' – Walsh all smiles after winning on return from injury
Ruby Walsh made a winning return from injury when steering home Easy Game in the opening race of the Galway festival.
Walsh led from the front on the Willie Mullins-trained four-year-old, who justified 5-4 favouritism to land the 2m½f novice hurdle by four and a quarter lengths.
It was the 39-year-old's first ride for more than four months after he fractured his leg when falling from Al Boum Photo at the Cheltenham Festival in March.
It has been an injury-plagued nine months for Walsh, who was relieved to make the festival. He also broke his leg in November and only returned from that injury one week before Cheltenham.
Walsh said: "It’s great to get back. Whatever way you look at it, it’s been a week’s work in nine months. It’s been a long nine months.
"The horse did it really well. He jumped super and travelled great. It’s hard judging when you've been off.
"You’re not certain of your fractions and how fast you're going and you're a bit nervous in front, but the horse did it really well."
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