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10 reasons why we love Ruby Walsh
Paying tribute to a true legend of Irish sport, who celebrates his 34th birthday today.

1. He’s got his own Christy Moore song

And that one by Kaiserchiefs too. Sort of.

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2. He’s part of a great racing dynasty

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3. He’s the jockey we pin all our hopes (and bets) on when Cheltenham comes around each year

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4. He's a true professional but also knows how to enjoy himself

At a Bon Jovi gig, no less...

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5. If horse racing was an Olympic sport, he'd be a multiple gold medallist by now

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6. He's our favourite person named Ruby (not that he has much competition)

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7. He knows his football

A long-time Manchester United fan, he recently wrote in his Paddy Power blog:

I’m biased because I was sitting in the stand at the end where all the goals went in, but winning the Champions League to clinch the treble in 1999 was undoubtedly the greatest achievement of Alex Ferguson’s time at Manchester United. To build such an incredible team, winning a league, FA Cup and then have them come back in the manner they did to complete the treble, there’s nothing like it.

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8. He's a proud Lilywhite


9. He enjoys a good practical joke

Davy Russell is on the receiving end here:

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10. No matter how many falls he has had over the years...

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Or injuries he has sustained...

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(see Paddy Powers' infographic of all Ruby's injuries)

You just can't keep him down

Celebrating with Hurricane Fly at this year's Cheltenham Festival.

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Here’s what the GAA schedule looks like this week

Groom-to-be Pilkington aiming to make it third time lucky at Wembley

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