Horse Racing - Walsh misses Gold Cup ride after fracturing arm

Jockey Ruby Walsh, the all-time leading rider at the Cheltenham Festival, fractured his arm after a heavy fall in the opening race on Gold Cup day on Friday.

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Ruby Walsh riding Abbyssial fall in The JCB Triumph Hurdle Race during Cheltenham Gold Cup day at the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham racecourse on March 14, 2014 in Cheltenham, England (Getty)

The Irishman was catapulted to the turf from the pacesetting Abbyssial at the second flight in the Triumph Hurdle. He was taken to hospital after sustaining a compound fracture to his right humerus, officials at the racecourse said.

Walsh, who was due to ride On His Own for trainer Willie Mullins in the showpiece Gold Cup steeplechase (1520), is now set to miss next month's Grand National meeting at Aintree.

Walsh, 34, has ridden 41 winners at the Cheltenham Festival, including three this year.

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