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08th Apr 2016

Ruby Walsh will not be riding in the Grand National after fracturing wrist

Nina Carberry rides in his place

Darragh Murphy

The Grand National will not be quite the same on Saturday afternoon.

Ruby Walsh, who was scheduled to ride in the Grand National atop Sir Des Champs, will no longer do so after being forced out of action with a hairline fracture to his wrist.

Walsh has won the legendary Aintree race on two occasions in the past but his third victory will have to wait as an injury sustained on Friday has ruled him out.

The Irish jockey fell twice on Friday, first on hot favourite Vautour before suffering a similar fate on Blood Cotil in the Crabbie’s Topham Chase which ruled Walsh out of his final two rides of the afternoon.

Nina Carberry has since been announced as the replacement jockey on Sir Des Champs who, at the time of writing, is priced at 20/1 but is expected to drift significantly.

Fans have been quick to share their disappointment that the two-time Grand National winning jockey will have to wait for a chance to make it three.