Format: Paperback (336 Pages).
Author: Ruby Walsh.
Reviewed: August 2022
This is the story of the champion Irish jockey in his own words. From winning his first Grand National aged 20 to being the three time International Jockey of the Year and everything in between. Ruby finished his career as one of the greatest National Hunt jockeys, whoever sat in the saddle. His world record of 131 wins in the 2016/17 season still stands today. Ruby describes the highs, his lows, and his thrills of his truly unbelievable 2,756 career winning rides. Ruby also talks candidly about the main working relationships in his life - with Paul Nicholls, Willie Mullins, and his father, the legendary Ted Walsh, as well discussing in detail his great professional rivalry and personal friendship with Tony McCoy.
Ruby also explains in detail what it's like to ride in real time. The tactics, timing, and experience needed to ride and win on legendary horses such as Kauto Star and Denman. He also documents his struggles with serious injuries and his amazing return from a broken leg in 2010 to finish as the leading jockey at the 2011 Cheltenham Festival. Ruby writes openly, frankly and in detail about the ups and downs of his truly amazing career. In our opinion, if you are interested in National Hunt racing, then this is definitely worth a read.
Racecourse Advisor Overall Rating: 7/10.