Walsh scores on comeback
Winning return for Ruby Walsh
Last Updated: September 16, 2012 5:37pm
Ruby Walsh: Returned to action with a winner
Ruby Walsh made a winning return from injury with a narrow victory aboard Rattan at Listowel.
Walsh, who fractured an ankle in a fall in the Galway Hurdle last month, had to work hard to get the Willie Mullins-trained hot-pot in front in the Kerrymaid Hurdle.
Miley Shah looked like making all the running but he was far from fluent at the last two flights.
Rattan (4-9 favourite) met the last hurdle running and got the momentum needed for him to prevail by a head in a tight finish.Walsh said: "I thought 4-9 shots were supposed to be easier than that!" Mullins added: "It is nice to have Ruby back and in good form.
"He hated the ground, it is really tacky. He'll mix it between the flat and hurdling and he could jump a fence.
"It would be nice to get some summer ground."
Walsh was out of luck on his only other ride on the card as Connaught Manor failed to make an impression in the Charleville Cheese Maiden Hurdle.
The prize went to the well-backed 100-30 shot Roadtoabbeyfeale for trainer John Supple and jockey Eddie O'Connell.