Sanctuaire loss leaves big void
RUBY WALSH will be the first to tell you that you never know when your next fall might come as a jockey and after riding his first domestic five-timer at Punchestown on Sunday, Walsh would not have been expecting the day to finish as it did.
Unfortunately, when schooling after racing, Walsh suffered a heavy fall from new recruit to the Mullins yard, Sanctuaire (pictured), and while Walsh was fine, albeit a bit winded, the horse unfortunately wasn't and suffered fatal injuries.
It was a massive blow for the team who had only acquired Sanctuaire from Paul Nicholls for £170,000 during the summer and he was due to make his debut in the colours of Rich Ricci in the coming weeks.
Ricci has a lot to look forward to with the likes of Faugheen, Champagne Fever and Annie Power, to name just a few, but this will still leave a huge void.
If there was to be a very small portion of compensation for Ricci and Mullins, Ballycasey was reported to have really impressed in the same schooling session and he may well be another novice chaser of note for the upcoming campaign.