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Ruby Walsh
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21 Oct 2010
Ruby Walsh is a phenomenon. The only jockey to have won all four of the home Grand Nationals, Ruby's racing life is the stuff of dreams. A charming, much-loved sports personality throughout Ireland and Great Britain, Ruby writes in detail for the first time about a career of remarkable success. The narrative moves at an impressive pace from his sport-enthused youth in County Kildare, where he showed enormous talent from an early age, to his incredible Grand National win at Aintree on Papillion in 2000 (at the age of twenty). It was Ruby's first attempt, on a horse trained by his father, and achieved just after suffering the first really serious injury of his career. He has ridden over 1,400 winners to date, including more than a thousand Irish victories and the Irish jump jockey's title on seven occasions. Among numerous racing triumphs, Ruby rode a record-breaking seven winners over four days at the 2009 Cheltenham Festival. Ruby Walsh talks candidly and openly about the three key working relationships in his life - with Paul Nicholls, Willie Mullins and his father, the legendary Ted Walsh - as well as laying bare the dynamic relationship that exists between him and jockey Tony McCoy - both great friends and professional rivals. With his intimate knowledge of the two greatest horses of our time, Ruby also provides valuable insight into what it is to ride and (sometimes choose between) Kauto Star and Denman. Ruby's fantastic story will attract a large spectrum of readers, from those who have only a passing interest in the sport to those who follow all his races. It is a searingly honest and compelling autobiography, charting the rise and rise of an immensely talented and popular force in the world of sport.

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; Hardback edition (21 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409115313
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409115311
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The authentic voice of Ruby Walsh sings off every page." (19 Dec 2010) (SUNDAY TIMES IRELAND)

"A definite for the racing fans." (18 Dec 2010) (IRISH INDEPENDENT)

"His book is our best chance of getting insight into the man who has ridden more winners at the Cheltenham Festival than anyone else." (19 Dec 2010) (THE OBSERVER)

"Ruby Walsh's autobiography, 'Ruby', has the rare asset of sounding like the jockey himself." (27 Dec 2010) (THE TIMES)

"Engaging story of a jewel in ourracing crown." (11 Dec 2010) (Mark Costello IRISH FIELD)

"His searingly honest and compelling autobiography charts the incredible succes story of an immensely talented and popular force in the world of sport." (12 May 2010) (IRISH EXAMINER WEBSITE)

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Autobiography of champion jockey and much-loved sports personality Ruby Walsh.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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National Hunt fans have been blessed to live through an era of fantastic, fit horses due to massive improvements in equine training and two sublime sportsmen - namely the indomitable AP and the sublime Ruby Walsh. Walsh comes from fine stock - his grandfather was a trainer and so is his dad, Ted (not to mention sister Katie who is also a jock!). Ruby, and his ghost writer Malachy Clerkin, really show what it is like to be a race rider - the thrills, the spills, the injuries of which poor old Ruby (who is currently nursing a broken leg after a fall at Down Royal on 6th Nov)has suffered more than most. What I liked about this book was the way Ruby talked through his big races, Papillion and Hedgehunter in the National; Kauto in the Gold Cup - what he had got right, the mistakes he had made, the horses he missed (Denman in the Gold Cup)- I really felt I was there riding along side Ruby and I've not felt that reading any other jockey's book. This is a very vibrant, honest account of a saddle artist who is at the top of his game - certainly the best book I have read by a jockey. I loved Ruby's details; the annoyance he feels when being asked to tip horses (as if he has some inside knowledge); the poor standard of Irish changing rooms and why jocks are junk food addicts - unbelievable but true!This book is a must-read for anyone interested in NH and the life of one of the all-time greats. British and Irish race courses will miss Ruby's presence whilst he is recovering from his broken leg but by buying this book you can re- live his greatest moments - lets hope he returns to the saddle soon.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An honest account, but hard to read at first 15 Nov 2010
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I adore Ruby Walsh as a jockey, and this book is certainly a must-read for any NH-Fan. Walsh, so no doubt priviledged by birth, has made it to the very Top of his game, because he has talent, works hard, questions himself, but certainly also because he has the right team behind him. Its refreshing to read in the foreword that Ruby thought writing a book is just a piece of p**, which he soon found out it isnt. Personally I found it quite difficult to get "into" the story, as the style, very much like you and I would talk on the street, is a bit tiring at first; many sentences contain only a word or two, and one has to get used to this. I too enjoyed Ruby's outspoken opinions about facilies on Irish Racecourses, Fastfood, some medical treatment he received; it was great to re-live his Grand National wins. It was interesting, but strange, to read his view about chosing Kauto over Denman when the latter won the Gold Cup; I found Ruby's anger only partly understandable - he stayed loyal to Kauto Star, and you cannot ride them all. I would have loved to read more about the great horses Ruby rode, even Kauto Star, who next to Commanche Court and Hedgehunter is the most mentioned horse in the book (who else?) doesnt get have as much coverage as I would have liked to read. Big Bucks is mentioned in about two sentences, as is Master Minded, for example; but it might be naive to think that its horses that make jockeys. Ruby's view on life is no doubt very very focused, and not sentimental by a country-mile. It might be that the book is more a blokes books than one for us soft-hearted femals fans of the sport. No doubt it is a great christmas pressie if your husband or boyfriend is keen on the horses.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ruby, a great read for racing fans. 19 Nov 2010
By tefiuk
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I am a keen follower of National Hunt racing, Ruby is my favourite jockey. I remember many of the races Ruby wrote about and it was good to hear about the races from a jockeys perspective. I would recommend this book to all racing fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ruby, Ruby, Ruby 17 Jun 2012
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Written in such a way that you can just hear Ruby Walsh speak it as you read along, it pulls little punches and Ruby comes across as a man not frightened to say it as he sees it. Born into a racing family, Ruby clearly is set for a life in horse racing, in some shape or form from an early age.

Some enlightening opinions are voiced on stewards, riding tactics, injuries, family success and racecourse facilities amongst many other topics of interest to National Hunt racing fans. This book is hard to put down if you're a fan of the sport or the author and rates alongside other very good racing autobiographies such as Mick Fitzgerald's 'Better than Sex' and Paul Nicholls' 'Lucky Break'.

Highly recommended for all sports fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant jockey of our time. 25 Feb 2014
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What a fantastic rider and family of riders, such gentle people with an understanding way and above anyone else I know to ride jump horses.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ruby 26 Jan 2014
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I really enjoyed tis book. It follows Ruby Walsh throughout his racing career to the present day. I can, however, not help thinking that this book has been written rather prematurally as hopefully Ruby has many years left in racing ahead of him.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not good reading 28 Dec 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Of all the racing books I have read over the years about horseracing, this is the only one I have struggled with. It has taken me 4 months to read. The book does not hold your attention.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hubby's Xmas Present 1 Aug 2013
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Just what you need for santa's stocking for a horse racing fan. Hours of peace and quiet while hubby enjoys reading this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
I really enjoyed this book. Being a huge racing fan in terms of breeding and watching racing it was a true insight into the life of a lad born into the sport and what it entails in... Read more
Published 6 months ago by rebel raiser
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting read
enjoyable,it's just like listening to Ruby talking. Highly recommended for relaxed reading .most interesting to read his feelings on various things.
Published 13 months ago by Holly
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Brilliant read fro anyone that ever owned a pony or horse. Very funny start when he was in Ponies.Good Read
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It is a very good book. I am enjoying it immensely. What a jockey, what a family. Would highly recommend to racing fans of all ages.
Published 14 months ago by susan lowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for Xmas
A gift for the same person so I don't know if they liked this one either.Lets hope they did,aah well I tried.
Published 15 months ago by Dragon
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A fabulous insight into the life of a national hunt jockey. A must read for racing enthusiasts. Highly recommended read
Published 16 months ago by Joanne Butchart
5.0 out of 5 stars a good book
very good condition and a very good read . i bought this for my husbands birthday along with tony mccoys.
Published 16 months ago by ruth
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
As a fan of national hunt racing & a particular fan of Ruby Walsh, i found this book fascinating & informative
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I purchased this book for my husband to read on my Kindle he thought it was excellent,very interesting anybody interested
in horse racing will love it
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