So what next for the greatest jump jockey of all time, Ruby Walsh?
The silver fox is also a wily fox and he has been expanding his extra-curricular activities over the last few years as he prepares for a life out of the saddle. Walsh has taken after his father, Ted, by going down the media route. He has been working as an ambassador for Racing TV for a number of years now, while also doing regular stints in front of the camera and his talents as a racing analyst will see him being in demand on that front.
Surely Ruby will be near the top of the queue too when Ted finally calls it a day on RTE Racing, though the jockey may have to compete with his sister, Katie, for airtime given her increased presence in the studio in recent times.
Ruby’s column in the Irish Examiner has also been keeping the meter ticking but it is hard to see how long his association with Paddy Power will continue. The ‘zany’ marketing team at the giant bookmaker prides itself on making an impact and a retired jockey has rather less cachet than one in the saddle every week.
Who will be Paddy Power’s next poster boy?