This was all supposed to be newsworthy, timely and dramatic, but – as anyone in racing knows – it doesn’t always work that way. We talked to Ruby Walsh last week about Nichols Canyon and his chances at the historic TVV Capital Challenge of sweeping Cheltenham’s Stayers Hurdle and America’s Iroquois Steeplechase. Walsh was ready, the horse was ready, trainer Willie Mullins was ready. Then Nichols Canyon was injured in transit. He left Ireland, made it as far as Paris, but won’t make the trip. Walsh’s interview sheds some light on the Irish thinking, however, and was too good not to share.
Joe Clancy writes about horses for thisishorseracing.com, The Saratoga Special and Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred magazine (mainly). He and his brother Sean started all this in 1994.