Dec 31, 2018 -- 6:21AM, impossible123 wrote:
Is he still the number 1? Townend is riding the fav in the opener and 3rd race at Punchestown today; only on one winner for Mullins on saturday, and few and far between since middle of last week.
If you were following it closely you'll see that he hasn't been riding in beginners chases unless its a real top horse. Of course he is still number 1
Jan 1, 2019 -- 9:48AM, impossible123 wrote:
Walsh is 66/1 for the Irish Jockeys Championship with Townend at 4/7,......?
Hardly surprising considering Townend is 43 winners ahead of Ruby
Jan 1, 2019 -- 2:16PM, impossible123 wrote:
How many were Skelton ahead of Johnson at one time?; 47 is not such a tall order if Ruby has the same number of rides as he did in the past seasons to allow him to catch up afterall both he and Townend are riding for the same stable. To me he's not as hungry for rides or as successful as he once was. Also, it is taking him longer to over his injuries these days.Like Faugheen it's time both Faugheen and Ruby call it a day, I believe.
Firstly Skelton was ahead of Johnson by maybe 20/25 at the most, with probably 9 months of the season still to go. There is also a lot more racing in the UK than Ireland, meaning this type of gap in June/July isn't huge. In Ireland, with only about 60 racing days left in the season, for Ruby to ride 43 more winners than Townend and 41 more winners than Blackmore and 31 more winners than Davy Russell is nearly impossible. So as any friend would do, he's perhaps doing a small bit to let Townend ride a few more for Mullins than perhaps he otherwise would. I know, if my chance was gone I'd be delighted to see a close colleague who works for the same stable be successful. Prior to breaking his leg in November 2017, the previous time Ruby missed more than 20 days for any injury was after shoulder surgery in 2014. He missed 15 weeks with the broken leg, i dont think thats particularly long for a broken leg. He was unfortunate to break it again which caused another 18 weeks (probably just giving himself an extra bit of time off to recover, knowing that missing summer racing wasnt the end of the world), again i dont think thats particularly long.