Irish Racing Greats
LEADING JUMP JOCKEYS DOWN THE YEARS _ _ _  _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

DESSIE HUGHES
Born: 1943-2014

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WON JUST about everything as a jockey except the Grand National, including the Champion Hurdle (Monksfield 1979), the Gold Cup (Davy Lad 1977) two Arkles (Tip The Wink 1977 and Chinrullah 1980), two Sun Alliance Hurdles (Davy Lad 1975 and Parkhill 1976), a Supreme Novices' Hurdle (Mac's Chariot 1977) and a Stayers' Hurdle (Bit Of A Jig 1976). 
  Struck up a successful partnership with trainer Mick O'Toole both as a rider and assistant trainer (1966-79) before launching his training career which hit its high point with the dual success of Hardy Eustace in the Champion Hurdle (2004 and 2005) at the Cheltenham Festival.
 Was leading Irish jumps trainer in 1981 and 1983 and enjoyed his first festival winner with Miller Hill in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle (1982). He had to wait 21 years for his second when Hardy Eustace landed the SunAlliance Novices' Hurdle in 2003 under Kieran Kelly, who was tragically killed later that year after a fall at Kilbeggan. Further Festival honours were secured with Oulart in the Pertemps Hurdle Final (2005) and Our Conor (2013 Triumph Hurdle).
 Enjoyed his biggest win over the larger obstacles when Timbera landed the Irish Grand National (2003). He died November 2014. His son, Richard, is a leading Flat jockey in Britain.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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ANDREW LYNCH
Born: Co Meath 1988

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DESPITE enjoying a meteoric rise over the past few seasons, Andrew Lynch had to wait a long time to gain his place in the spotlight. Born on September 12th, 1988, and raised in Ashbourne, Co Meath, Lynch made his debut as an amateur in a Fairyhouse bumper in April, 2001, and enjoyed a first success 13 months later when Tristernagh landed a novice hurdle at Downpatrick. But he struggled for winners over the next two years before a more productive 2004/05 campaign persuaded Lynch to turn professional at the end of July, 2005.
 Recorded a first Grade One success when scoring on the Jim Dreaper-trained Notre Pere in the Knight Frank Ganly Walters Novice Chase at Leopardstown in 2007. He posted a first big-race success in Britain in 2006 when he partnered the Ado McGuinness-trained Victram to success in the Imperial Cup at Sandown and he was also on board Notre Pere when he triumphed in the 2008 Welsh National at Chepstow. Other Grade 1 wins came on Flemenstar (2012 Arkle Novice Chase), Voler La Vedette (2011 Hatton's Grace Hurdle), Sizing Europe (2011 Tingle Creek Chase),  Jadanli (2010 Powers Gold Cup) and  Notre Pere (2009 Guinness Gold Cup Chase). 
 Lynch enjoyed a pair of wins at the Cheltenham Festival in both 2010 and 2011, headed by the superb victories of Sizing Europe in the Arkle Trophy Chase and the Queen Mother Champion Chase. His other two wins came on Berties Dream (2010 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle) and Sizing Australia (2011 Glenfarclas Cross-Country Chase). Lynch also won the Amateur Derby on Tender Falcon at Epsom in August, 2004.

 
 
 
 
 
 


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NIALL MADDEN
Born: Limerick 1958

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NIALL Madden was one of Ireland's best known jump jockeys when he was forced to retire in 1990 after suffering a bad injury in a fall from Gallaher at the 1988 Punchestown Festival. Known as "Boots", he rode his first winner when he was 14 on Golden Hansel in a bumper at Limerick (1973). Five years later he was crowned amateur champion (1978).
 Rode his first Cheltenham Festival winner when Rusty Tears landed the Cathcart Chase in 1977. A year later Golden Cygnet, the best horse he has ever ridden, set up a festival double when trouncing his rivals in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle. That year he also scored on Flame Gun in the Stayers' Hurdle - all three winners were trained by Edward O'Grady.
 Turned professional in 1980 and his other festival wins were on Mick O'Toole's Hartstown (1981 Supreme Novices' Hurdle), Jimmy FitzGerald's Canny Danny (1983 Sun Alliance Chase) and Andrew McNamara's Boreen Prince (1985 Arkle Chase).  Also won two Galway Plates (Shining Flame 1978 and The Lady's Master 1982) and a Norwegian Grand National on Double Wrapped.
 Son Niall, known as "Slippers", was also an amateur champion before enjoying the biggest success of his career with victory on the Martin Brassil-trained Numbersixvalverde in the 2006 Aintree Grand National.


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MARTIN MOLONY
Born: Co Limerick 1925

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ONE OF the greatest National Hunt jockeys of all-time, Martin Molony was also a top-class rider on the Flat where he rode three Irish Classic winners. His exploits over jumps, however, were remarkable with three wins in the Irish Grand National (Knight's Crest 1944, Golden View 11 1946 and Dominick's Bar 1950) and a Cheltenham Gold Cup victory on Silver Fame (1951). But statistics give no clue to the greatness of the man who retired from race-riding at the age of 26 after a horrific fall at Thurles on Bursary (1951) left him with a fractured skull. 
 His six Irish jump jockey titles were gained between 1946-1951, while he finished runner-up to his elder brother, Tim, in the British table in 1949-50. His record of riding 186 winners (in Ireland, Britain and America) in 1949 was amazing and his record number of jumps winners (94) in a year stood for 42 years before Charlie Swan broke it in 1992.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
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MOUSE MORRIS
Born: 1951

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MICHAEL "Mouse" Morris, son of the late Lord Killanin (former supremo of the Olympic Games), has the distinction of having won at the Cheltenham Festival as an amateur rider (he was runner-up in the Irish amateur riders' championship twice), a professional jockey and trainer.
 Mr Midland's triumph in the National Hunt Chase (1974) provided the highlight of his amateur career and as a pro he partnered Skymas to win successive renewals of the Champion Chase and also rode Billycan to victory in the Irish Grand National (1977). Joined a select group who have ridden and trained an Irish Grand National winner when saddling Hear The Echo to success in the 2008 Fairyhouse Easter feature.
 Broke his leg riding in the Colonial Cup in America and was out for eight months. Almost  as soon as he came back he fractured his arm on two occasions, prompting his retirement.
 In the first 10 years of his training career, he saddled four Cheltenham Festival winners - Buck House 1983 Supreme Novices' Hurdle and 1986 Champion Chase, Attitude Adjuster 1986 Foxhunter Chase and Trapper John 1990 Stayers' Hurdle. Fota Island (runner-up in the 2006 Queen Mother Champion Chase) gave him a long overdue fifth in the 2005 Grand Annual Chase.

 However, the victory of War Of Attrition, who led home Ireland's first 1-2-3, in the 2006 Gold Cup was a career high. Secured his 7th festival winner when First Lieutenant landed the Neptune Novices' Hurdle (2011).
 He has also been well represented by Cahervillahow (controversially disqualified from the 1991 Whitbread Gold Cup), Lastofthebrownies, Boss Doyle, His Song, Belvederian and Foxchapel King.


  
 

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CONOR O'DWYER
Born: Co Wexford: 1966

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CONOR O'Dwyer may have ridden only four Cheltenham winners but the list makes impressive reading with 2 Gold Cups (Imperial Call, 1996, and War Of Attrition, 2006) and 2 Champion Hurdles (Hardy Eustace 2004 and 2005) to his credit.
 Served three years with Frank Oakes (after a year at the Apprentice School - RACE - in Kildare) and rode his first winner as a 16-year-old on Gayfield at Limerick in December 1983. Two years later he was crowned claiming professional champion. Gained his first big victory on Redundant Pal in the Ladborke Hurdle (a race he also landed with Graphic Equaliser) in 1990.
 His riding, particulary over fences, saw him becoming one of the leading jockeys in the country. He was twice runner-up to Charlie Swan in the jump jockeys' title in the 1997-1998 (64 winners) and 1995-1996 (75 winners) seasons.
 Six Grade 1 wins on the Arthur Moore-trained Native Upmanship (including 2 John Durkan Memorial Chases and 2 Melling Chases at Liverpool) and a Galway Plate success on Christy Roche's Grimes were just a few of many other career highs before announcing his retirement from the saddle in 2008, going out with a farewell winner on Mister Top Notch at Fairyhouse.
 Enjoyed his first winner as a trainer (whilst still holding a jockeys' licence) when Hangover won a Punchestown bumper in 2008.

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DAVY RUSSELL
Born: 1979, Co Cork

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FROM Youghal in Co Cork, David Niall Russell progressed from pony racing to become one of Ireland's leading point-to-point riders in recent years winning the championship in 2001 and 2002, when sharing the title with J T McNamar. Had the kind of day most jockeys dream about on the final day of the 2014 Cheltenham Festival when he rode a treble, including a dramatic success on the Jim Culloty-trained Lord Winderemere in the Gold Cup. His two other winners were Tiger Roll and Savello, giving him a remarkable 3,296/1 treble.
 The retirement of Adrian Maguire saw him travel over to Britain in 2002 as stable jockey to Ferdy Murphy and he turned professional on November 12th. Enjoyed first big success when Truckers Tavern won 2003 Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock and went on to be second to Best Mate in totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup. Lost the job after 14 months as number one jockey in January, 2004, as he also wanted to continue riding in Ireland at weekends.
 He returned home and had a first Cheltenham Festival success in 2006 when Native Jack won the BGC Handicap Chase and that was quickly followed by victory in the William Hill Trophy Handicap Chase at the 2007 festival on 50/1 chance Joes Edge.
 Finished second to Ruby Walsh in the jockeys' championship in both 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons as well as Paul Townend in the 2010-2011 race, before finally landing an overdue title success in 2011-2012 with 104 winners.

 Has continued to have big race success on both sides of the Irish Sea, including a brace of winners at the 2008 Cheltenham Festival - Naiad Du Misselot in the Coral Cup and Tiger Cry in the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase. His 9 other wins at Cheltenham came on board Weapon's Amnesty (2010 RSA Chase and 2009 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle); First Lieutenant (2011 Neptune Novices' Hurdle), Carlito Brigante (2011 Coral Cup), Sir Des Champs (2012 Jewson Novices' Chase), Lord Windermere (2013 RSA Chase), Tiger Toll (2014 Triumph Hurdle), Lord Windermere (2014 Gold Cup) and Savello (2014 Grand Annual Chase), giving him a grand total of 13 winners.
 Has ridden many big-race winners but is probably best associated with the Charles Byrnes-trained top-class hurdler Solwhit, who he partnered to six Grade 1 victories.
 


 
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CHARLIE SWAN
Born: Co Tipperary, 1968

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2003 marked the end of an era in Irish racing when Charlie Swan, the only jump jockey based in Ireland to win over 1,000 races (1,188) over jumps until Ruby Walsh achieved the feat in 2008, announced his retirement after 20 years in the saddle. Recorded his 1,300th winner (jumps and flat combined) on Over The First at Navan 2003. His career tally amounted to 1,312 victories.
 Swan was champion jockey nine times - winning his first in 1989-90 and retaining it up to and including the 1997-98 season. His record at the Cheltenham Festival was outstanding, riding 17 winners, including three consecutive Champion Hurdles on Istabraq (1998-2000). 
 He topped the jockeys' list at Cheltenham in both 1994 (3 winners) and 1993 (4 winners). Announced his retirement from riding over fences (but not hurdles) in 1998 to concentrate on training. His achievements over the bigger obstacles included victories in the Irish Grand National (Ebony Jane), a Champion Chase (Viking Flagship) and two Whitbreads (Life Of A Lord and Ushers Island) as well as most of Ireland's major chases.
 Was also associated with another of Ireland's equine heroes, Danoli, landing a famous Cheltenham gamble in the Sun Alliance Novices' Hurdle (1994). 
 Recorded his biggest wins as a trainer when This Is Serious won the Cork Grand National (2001), the Thyestes Chase (2002) - a race he never managed to win as a jockey - and Newcastle's Tote Eider National Chase (2002). Also enjoyed big-race successes with What A Native (2006 Pierse Leopardstown Chase) and One Cool Cookie (2007 Powers Gold Cup). Jalmira gave him his biggest win on the flat when landing the 2007 Irish Cambridgeshire.


 


 
SWAN'S 17 CHELTENHAM WINNERS
 3 Champion Hurdles (1998, 1999 and 2000 Istabraq)
 Champion Chase (1995 Viking Flagship)
 2 Stayers' Hurdles (1990 Trapper John, 1993 Shuil Ar Aghaidh)
 2 Supreme Novices' Hurdles (1993 Montelado, 2002 Like-A-Butterfly)
 3 Royal & SunAlliance Novices' Hurdles (1994 Danoli, 1996 Urubande and 1997 Istabraq)
 2 Triumph Hurdles (1993 Shawiya, 2002 Scolardy)
 Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle (1993 Fissure Seal)
 Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (1994 Time For A Run)
 2 Weatherbys Champion Bumpers (1994 Mucklemeg and 2000 Joe Cullen)


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PAT TAAFFE
Born: Co Dublin, 1930-1992

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A SUPERB horseman who will always be associated with the legendary Arkle, whom he partnered to all his races over fences. Won a record 25 races at the Cheltenham Festival, including a record four Gold Cups on Arkle (1964-66) and Fort Leney (1968). Joined up with Tom Dreaper in 1949 to form one of the greatest partnerships in the history of jump racing. However, his two wins in the Grand National came on the Vincent O'Brien-trained Quare Times (1955) and Gay Trip (trained by Fred Rimell). Won six Irish Grand Nationals, including victories on Arkle (1964) and Flyingbolt (1966).
 Retired from the saddle in 1970 (last winner was Straight Fort at Fairyhouse 26th December, 1970) and went on to train the brilliant Captain Christy to a Cheltenham Gold Cup (1974) victory as well as two wins in the King George V1 Chase at Kempton (1974-75). 
 He died on July 7th, 1992, aged 62. His son, Tom, was an accomplished jump jockey before launching his training career, saddling Kicking King to win back-to-back wins in the King George V1 Chase (2004 and 2005) and a victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup (2005). His father, also named Tom, won the Grand National in 1958 with Mr What, while brother Tos was a leading professional jockey and another brother Bill was an accomplished amateur.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

TAAFFE'S 25 CHELTENHAM WINNERS
 4 Gold Cups (1964, 65, 66 Arkle and 1968 Fort Leney)
 5 Queen Mother Champion Chases (1960, 61 Fortria, 1964 Ben Stack, 1966 Flyingbolt, 1970 Straight Fort)
 5 Royal & SunAlliance Chases (1953 Coneyburrow, 1960 Solfen, 1961 Grallagh Cnoc, 1963 Arkle and 1970 Proud Tarquin)
 3 Arkle Trophy Chases (1961 Mountcashel, 1963 Ben Stack and 1965 Flyingbolt)
 2 William Hill National Hunt Handicap Chases (1957 Sentina and 1966  Arkloin)
 2 Supreme Novices' Hurdles (1954 Stroller and 1964 Flyingbolt)
 3 Cathcart Chases (1954 Royal Approach, 1968 Muir and 1970 Garrynagree)
 Vincent O'Brien County Handicap Hurdle (1953 Teapot 11)


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KATIE WALSH
Born: 1984

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KATIE Walsh comes from a family steeped in racing as her father is the trainer, broadcaster and former champion amateur jockey Ted Walsh (pictured, left, with Katie) while her brother is Ruby Walsh, the most successful jockey ever at the Cheltenham Festival who has twice ridden the winner of the Aintree Grand National. Katie led up the 2000 winner Papillon, who was trained by her father and ridden by Ruby. Along with her sister-in-law, Nina Carberry (who is married to her brother Ted Jnr), she is regarded as one of the top female riders in the business and showed her talents in the saddle once again by becoming the highest-placed woman jockey in the famous race's history when 3rd on her father's Seabass in 2012.
 Her first victory came on Hannon, trained by her father, in a Flat race at Gowran Park on October 10th 2003. From an early stage in her career, she forged a successful working relationship with champion jumps trainer Willie Mullins and her first big victory came on the Carlow trainer's Glencove Marina in the 2006 Goffs Land Rover Bumper at the Punchestown Festival. During the early part of her career, she
enjoyed significant success on the Flat, winning the Ladies' Derby at the Curragh on Cloneden in 2005 and partnering her father's Collingwood to 2 victories on the beach at Laytown in 2006 and 2007. Never Compromise gave her back-to-back victories in the Risk Of Thunder Chase over the banks course at Punchestown in 2006 and 2007.
 The 2010 Cheltenham Festival saw her partner 2 winners, landing the National Hunt Chase on the Ferdy Murphy-trained Poker De Sivola and the Vincent O'Brien County Hurdle on Thousand Stars for Willie Mullins.

 

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RUBY WALSH
Born: 1979

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RUBY Walsh is regarded by many astute judges to be one of the best National Hunt jockeys Ireland has ever produced. Most jockeys wait a lifetime for a big-race victory, but his achievement of riding two Grand National winners in the space of a little over two weeks was truly remarkable. Papillon initiated the double in the Aintree Grand National (2000) and then Commanche Court took the Irish equivalent, both trained by his father, Ted, who was an accomplished amateur rider.
 Incredibly, he surpassed those achievements five years later with victory aboard Hedgehunter (runner-up in the 2006 Gold Cup and Grand National) in the Grand National; Silver Birch in the Welsh National and Numbersixvalverde in the Irish National and was cruelly denied an unprecedented grand slam in the Scottish version when Cornish Rebel went down by a short head.
 Fulfilled a childhood dream when Kauto Star (pictured left returning in triumph) stormed to Cheltenham Gold Cup success in 2007. The Paul Nicholls-trained gelding became the first horse in the history of the Gold Cup to regain the coveted crown in 2009 and also gave the Co Kildare rider an incredible 5 wins in the King George V1 Chase (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011), 3 in the Betfair Chase (2006, 2009 and 2011) and the Tingle Creek Chase (2006).
 Other important victories came in the Scottish Grand National on Take Control (2002) as well as two Whitbread Gold Cups (now Bet365) on Ad Hoc (2001 and 2003), a Hennessy Gold Cup on Strong Flow (2003) and Denman (2009) and two more Tingle Creeks on Cenkos (2002) and Twist Magic (2009). Added a Japanese Grade 1 to his impressive CV when the Willie Mullins-trained Blackstairmountain landed the Nakayama Grand Jump, worth 565,000 to the winner, in April 2013.

 Has won every race worth winning in his native Ireland and his partnership with the Colm Murphy-trained Brave Inca gave him a first success in the Toshiba Irish Champion Hurdle (2009).
 After being crowned champion amateur twice, he turned professional in 1998 and in his first year landed the first of eight jump jockeys' titles. Along with Paul Carberry, Barry Geraghty and Davy Russell, he looks set to dominate the local scene for some time. Rode his first winner on Siren Song at Gowran Park in 1995 and his 1,000th on Rare Article at Sligo in 2008 - becoming only the second jockey to complete the feat after Charlie Swan. His grand total of winners in Ireland stands at 1,159 (1995-1996 season to 2009-2010 season).
 He became the most successful jockey in Cheltenham Festival history, breaking Pat Taaffe's record of 25 wins, when successful aboard Sanctuaire (Fred Winter Juvenile Novices' Handicap Hurdle) in 2010. Winner number 27 promptly followed on Big Buck's in the Ladbroke World Hurdle (2010). His first festival success came on Alexander Banquet (1998 Bumper), trained by Willie Mullins who, along with Nicholls, has provided many of his big-race winners. He has been leading jockey at the festival 8 times - 2014 (3 winners, despite breaking his arm in the opener on the last day), 2013 (4 winners), 2011 (5 wins); 2010 (3 wins); 2009 (7 wins, a new all-time festival record); 2008 (3 wins); 2006 (3 wins) and 2004 (3 wins). His grand total, listed below, is 41. His victory on Hurricane Fly in the 2011 Champion Hurdle (they regained the crown in 2013) saw him join Barry Geraghty as the only jockey currently riding to have won the big four championship races at Cheltenham (Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase, World Hurdle and Gold Cup).

 His association with English trainer Nicholls has provided rich pickings - in 2006-2007 season his weekly commuting between the two countries saw him riding 200 winners (125 in Ireland and 75 in Britain). However, he ended his 10-year association with the English trainer in 2013.

WALSH'S 41 CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL WINNERS
 Alexander Banquet (1998 Bumper)

 Blowing Wind (2002 Mildmay Of Flete)
 Azertyuiop (2003 Arkle Chase)
 Sporazene (2004 Vincent O'Brien Hurdle)
 St Pirran (2004 Grand Annual Chase)
 Azertyuiop (2004 Queen Mother Champion Chase)
 Missed That (2005 Bumper)
 Thisthatandtother (2005 Daily Telegraph Festival Trophy Chase)
 Noland (2006 Supreme Novices' Hurdle)
 Dun Doire (2006 William Hill Chase)
 Desert Quest (2006 County Handicap Hurdle)
 Kauto Star (2007 Gold Cup)
 Denman (2007 Royal & SunAlliance Chase)
 Taranis (2007 Ryanair Chase)
 Master Minded (2008 Queen Mother Champion Chase)
 Fiveforthree (2008 Ballymore Properties Novices' Hurdle)
 Celestial Halo (2008 JCB Triumph Hurdle)
 Quevega (2009 David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle)
 Mikael D'Haguenet (2009 Ballymore Properties Novices' Hurdle)
 Cooldine (2009 RSA Chase)
 Master Minded (2009 Queen Mother Champion Chase)
 Big Buck's (2009 Ladbrokes World Hurdle)
 American Triology (2009 Vincent O'Brien County Handicap Hurdle)
 Kauto Star (2009 Gold Cup)
 Quevega (2010 David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle)

 Sanctuaire (2010 Fred Winter Juvenile Novices' Handicap Hurdle)
 Big Buck's (2010 Ladbrokes World Hurdle) 

 Al Ferof (2011 Supreme Novices' Hurdle)
 Hurricane Fly (2011 Stan James Champion Hurdle)

 Quevega (2011 David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle)
 Big Buck's (2011 Ladbrokes World Hurdle)
 Final Approach (2011 Vincent O'Brien County Handicap Hurdle)
 Quevega (2012 David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle)
 Big Buck's (2012 Ladbrokes World Hurdle) 
 Champagne Fever (2013 Supreme Novices' Hurdle)

 Hurricane Fly (2013 Stan James Champion Hurdle)
 Quevega (2013 OLBG Mares' Hurdle)
 Briar Hill (2013 Bumper)

 Vautour (2014 Supreme Novices' Hurdle)
 Quevega (2014 OLBG Mares' Hurdle)

 Faugheen (2014 Neptune Novices' Hurdle)

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Mr TED WALSH
Born, Co Cork

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A FEARLESS and highly successful amateur rider who was champion amateur in Ireland 11 times, Ted Walsh (Mr T M) rode the winners of four races at the Cheltenham Festival, including the Champion Chase on Hilly Way (1979), two Kim Muirs on Prolan (1976) and Castleruddery (1974), and a Foxhunter on Attitude Adjuster (1986). 
 Big-race successes at home included two back-to-back Irish Champion Hurdle wins on Daring Run (1982 and 1981) and a Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup (then known as the John Jameson Cup) on No Hill (1976), trained by his father Ruby.
 He also won two Sun Templegate Hurdles (1982 and 1981) on Daring Run as well as finishing third in a Champion Hurdle (1981) and runner-up in a Supreme Novices' Hurdle (1980) on the Peter McCreery-trained gelding.
 Took up training on the death of his father and his achievement of winning two of jump racing's greatest prizes in the space of 16 days in 2000 was remarkable. Papillon set the ball rolling in the Aintree Grand National and then Commanche Court took the Irish Grand National, both ridden by his stylish son, Ruby (see above).

 Other training highlights were victories in the Triumph Hurdle (Commanche Court 1997 Cheltenham Festival), Ericsson Chase (Rince Ri 1999), Thyestes Chase (Roc De Prince 1991) and the Betfred Gold Cup (formerly the Whitbread and now known as the Bet365) with Jack High (2005).
 He has also enjoyed some success on the Flat with a small string, including an Irish Lincolnshire (Alligator Joe 1992) and a Joe McGrath Handicap (Classical Affair 1993).

 Daughter Katie is an accomplished amateur, who rode two winners at the Cheltenham Festival in 2010 on the Ferdy Murphy-trained Poker De Sivola (2010 National Hunt Chase) and Thousand Stars (Vincent O'Brien County Handicap Hurdle), trained by Willie Mullins.
 Is a well-known and popular racing guru with Ireland's national broadcasting channel, RTE.
 

  

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