Ruby Walsh back in business

Ruby Walsh had an armchair ride on his return from a crashing fall on Thursday with a facile victory on Bamako Moriviere in the Online Ticket Sales At hurdle.

Ruby Walsh had an armchair ride on his return to action

It was his only mount on the card as he got back into action following a heavy spill at Bellewstown that left him stiff and sore.

It was expected to be a cakewalk for Bamako Moriviere, who was sent off the 1-12 favourite after finishing down the field in the Galway Hurdle, and so it proved against three rivals.

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In command from the start, the Willie Mullins-trained five-year-old was never put under severe pressure and won with plenty to spare by five and a half lengths from My Painter.

Walsh said: "We had toyed with the idea of going chasing with him, but Willie spotted the race.

"He had such a tough task in the Galway Hurdle – top weight in it was always going to be hard, so it was nice to find a race for him to get his head back in front.

"He does handle good ground – his form wasn't great last winter, but he is stronger now and maybe he'll handle it. But I'd imagine unless we find another suitable hurdle race, he could go chasing."

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