Walsh ponders Flat training career

  • Last Updated: February 27 2014, 8:04 GMT

Ruby Walsh would consider training Flat horses when he retires from the saddle.

Ruby Walsh: Could turn to training
Ruby Walsh: Could turn to training

The star Irish National Hunt jockey believes it would make more economic sense to snub jumps racing when he eventually calls time on a distinguished riding career.

Walsh, 34, is, however, adamant retirement is not yet even a consideration.

"The lifespan of a jockey has definitely increased in the last 10 years," he said at the Irish Examiner sports breakfast in Cork.

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"Whereas 34, 35 used to be the norm, it now seems to be 40 so hopefully I've a few more years in me, but if I was to go training horses I would train Flat horses.

"Flat racing is a business, it's where the money is. "Jump racing, unfortunately, is the poor relation. Flat racing is global, worldwide.

"Jump racing is confined between ourselves, England, a small bit in France, a tiny bit in Australia and a little bit in America.

"We were in Japan (for Blackstairmountain's victory in the Nakayama Grand Jump last April), there's big prize-money there, but there's very few races. Flat racing is global."

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