Walsh on course to be back in time for top Cheltenham rides

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It seems set that Ruby Walsh will be able to ride the likes of Cheltenham betting odds fancies Kauto Star, Master Minded and Big Buck’s at the Festival in March as he could be just a month away from returning to the saddle.

Walsh has had to sit on the sidelines since November after suffering a double fracture of his right leg in a fall at Down Royal.

However, the injury is now said to be repairing well, with Walsh able to walk without crutches and drive a car.

A visit to orthopaedic surgeon David Moore has uncovered the latest condition of his leg and it is good news ahead of the Cheltenham Festival.

Given the quality of his rides, this means the betting odds of 1/1 that Wash rides the most winners at the Cheltenham Festival could be overpriced.

According to the Racing Post, Walsh said: “Dr Moore was very happy with it and the leg is healing well. I still have an outer support frame and I’m hoping that will come off early next month.”

Walsh has had to watch through gritted teeth in recent weeks as other jockeys have taken the chance to secure victories on his big Cheltenham prospects.

Tony McCoy has twice ridden Big Buck’s to victory at Newbury and the horse, who is unbeaten in ten starts, is the 4/7 favourite in the Cheltenham betting to win the Ladbrokes World Hurdle.

Meanwhile, Noel Fehily has been impressive in his two triumphs on Master Minded and the eight-year-old is the 2/1 ante-post market leader for the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

Walsh is yet to miss out on board leading Cheltenham Gold Cup hope Kauto Star after the King George was delayed at Kempton.

But the race has been rescheduled for January 15th, with McCoy in line to take the ride.

Kauto Star is 4/5 to win the King George in the horse racing betting odds, but 9/2 to land the Cheltenham Gold Cup with last year’s winner Imperial Commander set to oppose again.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.