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Champion jockey Ruby Walsh is optimistic he will be fit to ride at the Cheltenham Festival in March after nasty fall last Saturday, which he sustained a broken leg from the quirky Let’s Dance.

Walsh’s leg does not need an operation, however, and he told Racing UK: “Hopefully it will heal quickly. A broken leg is usually 12 weeks, give or take – (there is) 16 weeks and three days from the fall to the Cheltenham Festival. I have 15 and a half (weeks), or 15 and three-quarters to be ready.”

He added: “I don’t think it matters how much experience you have. You can only do what the doctors tell you and be as patient as you can.”

The first big ride Walsh missed was on comeback king Faugheen, who impressed on his return after 22 months off the track in the Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown in the hands of Paul Townend.

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“It was great see Faugheen winning on Sunday, but heartbreaking not to be on his back and that will be the case every weekend between now and when you return. That’s the mental pain of any sports person who’s sitting on the side-lines,” said Walsh

“His homework had been very good. He was showing us at home that he had retained what we thought was all his old ability. He obviously had to go to the track and show that. To me, he certainly did on Sunday.

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From all the team at 3furlongsout.com we wish Ruby a very speedy recovery and we look forward to seeing him in the winners enclosure at Cheltenham come March.