We have just returned from an amazing trip to Punchestown festival in Ireland - I can't begin to tell you what a fabulous time we had - Wonderful country, warm welcoming people and the very best of racing. What more could you want?
On Tuesday the highlight of the day was to see Ruby Walsh win the gold cup with Kemboy. He gave him a magical ride and then shocked the whole crowd when in an interview afterwards he announced his retirement with the words "That's it now - I'm finished - You won't see me on another horse" There was a stunned silence from the crowd and then everyone started to clap and it all got rather emotional. The jockeys all came out of the weighing room to give him a salute of honour, after he had a freezing cold bucket of water thrown over him by Davy Russell. Ruby has given us 24 years of pleasure watching his genius on horseback and it felt like the end of an era.
|Beautiful views from our hotel room|
|Deer wandering around the hotel grounds|
|The retirement of Ruby after winning the gold cup - Fantastic that he could retire on his own terms after so many injuries|