Broken ankle for Ruby Walsh
Ruby Walsh is set for a spell on the sidelines after a fall from the well-fancied Drive Time in the Guinness Galway Hurdle.
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Walsh was partnering the Willie Mullins-trained favourite in the prestigious handicap until he came to grief at one of the hurdles passing the stands with a circuit to run, and was temporarily knocked unconscious.
Walsh was motionless on the turf for a while before being stretchered off the track and taken to hospital for precautionary X-rays.
He tweeted tonight: "Thanks to doctors at racecourse and all in Galway university hospital for looking after me. Small break in my ankle be out for a bit".
Walsh's father, Ted, said earlier: "Lexi's Boy galloped all over Ruby. The doctor told me he was unconscious for about 30 seconds and he's gone in for tests to make sure everything is OK.
"He was complaining of being sore of his shoulder but they looked after him well.
"They put him on a stretcher case, they have to take all those precautions in case there is anything wrong.
"It looks worse than it is, well I hope so anyway. He was talking to me and he asked me what won the race and what was second so he's not too bad."
Donald McCain, trainer of Lexi's Boy, reported that both horse and Jason Maguire had escaped serious injury, tweeting: "Long day but Lexi n jase still in one piece £couldbeworse".