Cheltenham Racecourse announces today that Ruby Walsh, the most successful jockey of all-time at The Festival™ presented by Magners, will be honoured from 2020 onwards at the four-day extravaganza in March.
The Holland Cooper Leading Jockey Award will be run for The Ruby Walsh Trophy, recognising Walsh's record number of wins at The Festival and his record 11 Holland Cooper Leading Jockey Awards.
Walsh partnered 59 winners at The Festival. His first came aboard the Willie Mullins-trained Alexander Banquet when he was just 18 in the 1998 Weatherbys Champion Bumper, with his last coming earlier this year aboard Klassical Dream, also trained by Mullins, in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle.
His successes include the Unibet Champion Hurdle a joint-record four times and the Sun Racing Stayers' Hurdle a record five times. He also won the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup twice on the great Kauto Star and partnered Quevega to a remarkable six victories in the OLBG Mares' Hurdle.
His tremendous consistency at the highest level is demonstrated by the fact that between 2002 and 2019, he never had a 'blank' year at The Festival.
Ruby Walsh said: "It feels super to have the trophy for the leading jockey at The Festival named after me. It is a great honour, especially at such a prestigious meeting as The Festival.
"I had great success at Cheltenham and The Festival is always the highlight of the season. Cheltenham was an unbelievably lucky track for me, and I could never have envisaged that I would have the success I had there.
"I had Alexander Banquet back in 1998 and then Blowing Wind four years later. From then I never had a blank year thank God, that is how lucky I was!"
Referring to his record 59 Festival successes, Walsh concluded: "Every record is only made to be broken and best of luck to the next guy. I just hope he has as much fun as I did - I loved every minute."
About Ruby Walsh
With a total of 2,756 wins in Britain and Ireland, 59 winners at The Festival and two Grand National victories, Ruby Walsh represents the pinnacle of achievement in Jump Racing. Following his first win on Siren Song on 15 July, 1995, Ruby went on to be associated with some of the all-time greats in Jump racing, including Kauto Star, Denman, Hurricane Fly, Big Buck's, Quevega and Annie Power to name but a few. His 59 Festival winners is an all-time record and yielded 11 Holland Cooper Leading Jockey Awards. Associated primarily with trainers Paul Nicholls and Willie Mullins during his long career, Ruby also enjoyed significant success for his father Ted and famously won the Grand National and Irish Grand National in 2000 on horses trained by Ted, with Papillon scoring at Aintree and Commanche Court taking the Fairyhouse contest. A 12-time Champion Jockey in Ireland, Ruby was always the consummate professional and, as befits someone of his stature, he went out at the very top - hanging up his boots after winning the G1 Punchestown Gold Cup on Kemboy on 1 May, 2019.
Ruby Walsh - His record 59 wins at The Festival™ presented by Magners
1998 Alexander Banquet - Weatherbys Champion Bumper
2002 Blowing Wind - Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate
2003 Azertyuiop - Racing Post Arkle
2004 Azertyuiop - Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase
2004 St Pirran - Johnny Henderson Grand Annual
2004 Sporazene - Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle
2005 Missed That - Weatherbys Champion Bumper
2005 Thisthatandtother - Ryanair Chase
2006 Noland - Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle
2006 Dun Doire - Ultima Handicap Chase
2006 Desert Quest - Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle
2007 Denman - RSA Insurance Novices' Chase
2007 Taranis - Ryanair Chase
2007 Kauto Star - Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup
2008 Fiveforthree - Ballymore Novices' Hurdle
2008 Master Minded - Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase
2008 Celestial Halo - JCB Triumph Hurdle
2009 Quevega - OLBG Mares' Hurdle
2009 Mikael D'Haguenet - Ballymore Novices' Hurdle
2009 Cooldine - RSA Insurance Novices' Chase
2009 Master Minded - Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase
2009 Big Buck's - Sun Racing Stayers' Hurdle
2009 Kauto Star - Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup
2009 American Trilogy - Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle
2010 Quevega - OLBG Mares' Hurdle
2010 Sanctuaire - Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Fred Winter)
2010 Big Buck's - Sun Racing Stayers' Hurdle
2011 Al Ferof - Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle
2011 Hurricane Fly - Unibet Champion Hurdle
2011 Quevega - OLBG Mares' Hurdle
2011 Big Buck's - Sun Racing Stayers' Hurdle
2011 Final Approach - Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle
2012 Quevega - OLBG Mares' Hurdle
2012 Big Buck's - Sun Racing Stayers' Hurdle
2013 Champagne Fever - Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle
2013 Hurricane Fly - Unibet Champion Hurdle
2013 Quevega - OLBG Mares' Hurdle
2013 Briar Hill - Weatherbys Champion Bumper
2014 Vautour - Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle
2014 Quevega - OLBG Mares' Hurdle
2014 Faugheen - Ballymore Novices' Hurdle
2015 Douvan - Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle
2015 Un De Sceaux - Racing Post Arkle
2015 Faugheen - Unibet Champion Hurdle
2015 Vautour - JLT Novices' Chase
2016 Douvan - Racing Post Arkle
2016 Annie Power - Unibet Champion Hurdle
2016 Vroum Vroum - Mag OLBG Mares' Hurdle
2016 Yorkhill - Ballymore Novices' Hurdle
2016 Black Hercules - JLT Novices' Chase
2016 Vautour - Ryanair Chase
2016 Limini - Mares' Novices' Hurdle
2017 Yorkhill - JLT Novices' Chase
2017 Un De Sceaux - Ryanair Chase
2017 Nichols Canyon - Sun Racing Stayers' Hurdle
2017 Let's Dance - Mares' Novices' Hurdle
2018 Footpad - Racing Post Arkle
2018 Benie Des Dieux - OLBG Mares' Hurdle
2019 Klassical Dream - Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle
Leading Jockey at The Festival™ presented by Magners - 11 times
2017 (4 wins)
2016 (7 wins)
2015 (4 wins)
2014 (3 wins)
2013 (4 wins)
2011 (5 wins)
2010 (3 wins)
2009 (7 wins)
2008 (3 wins)
2006 (3 wins)
2004 (3 wins)