• Ruby Walsh is one of the greatest jumps racing jockeys of all-time

  • With 59 Cheltenham Festival winners to his name, he is the most successful jockey to ride at Prestbury Park

  • According to online estimates, Ruby Walsh net worth is valued at around £1.5 million

If you enjoy betting on horse races online, chances are you’ll know about Ruby Walsh and his successful National Hunt career.

A leading figure in the sport for over two decades, Walsh was lucky enough to ride for two of the greatest horse racing trainers around in Paul Nicholls and Willie Mullins.

By the time Walsh announced his immediate retirement in May 2019, he had amassed over 2,750 career wins and was named Cheltenham Festival leading jockey on 11 occasions.

Enjoying success at the top of the horse racing jockeys spectrum for 24 years, Walsh was able to accumulate a healthy financial status and he remains heavily involved at Closutton.

A favourite in Cheltenham Festival betting odds throughout his illustrious career, Walsh won everything there was to win in National Hunt racing.

Here, we discuss Ruby Walsh net worth and wealth estimates while also looking at some of his greatest moments in the saddle and his life away from racing.

How Much Is Ruby Walsh Worth?

As one of the most successful jockeys in the history of racing, it will come as no surprise to hear that Ruby Walsh has earned a multi-million pound fortune.

In fact, he won £20 million in prize money from 2008 onwards and that is a staggering sum of money for any sportsperson to claim.

While official net worth figures are unknown, online reports estimate Ruby Walsh wealth at around £1.5 million.

Now retired from the saddle, Ruby Walsh continues to appear as a pundit for a plethora of racing sources and channels, including ITV and Racing TV.

The debate over jockey salary is ongoing but Walsh showed just how lucrative a career in racing can be – earning over £2.5 million in prize money during the 2008/09 season.

Ruby Walsh Family

Born in County Kildare in 1979, Ruby Walsh was destined to enjoy a career in horse racing – whether as a jockey, trainer or in the media.

His father, Ted Walsh, is one of the most successful National Hunt trainers in the sport and his sister Katie was widely regarded as one of racing’s best female jockeys.

Ruby Walsh money

Even brother Ted Jr has his role in the Walsh racing organisation and he is married to former female jockey and Dancing With The Stars champion Nina Carberry.

Ruby married Gillian Doran in July 2006 and the couple have four daughters: Isabelle, Elsa, Gemma and Erica.

You'd be hard pressed to be betting against one of the children following in their great father's footsteps...

Ruby Walsh Best Horses

It is impossible to select one horse that stands out above all others for Ruby Walsh after a successful 24-year career but we’ve narrowed down to his 10 most significant horses:

  • Annie Power

  • Big Buck’s

  • Douvan

  • Faugheen

  • Kauto Star

  • Hurricane Fly

  • Papillon

  • Quevega

  • Un De Sceaux

  • Vautour

How Many Times Has Ruby Walsh Won At The Cheltenham Festival?

A must know for any sports quiz fan – Ruby Walsh won 59 races at the Cheltenham Festival throughout his horse racing career.

He first tasted victory at Prestbury Park in 1998, riding Alexander Banquet to victory in the Champion Bumper. And the rest, as they say, is history…

In 2017, Walsh became the first jockey to ride four winners on the same day at the Cheltenham Festival – an incredible feat to say the least.

He was successful on Yorkhill, Un De Sceaux, Nichols Canyon and Let’s Dance on Day 3 of the meeting and the Walsh/Mullins duo lapped up the applause in the winner’s enclosure.

We’ve included a full list of Ruby Walsh Cheltenham Festival wins below, including victories in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle and Champion Chase.

1998 Cheltenham Festival

  • Champion Bumper - Alexander Banquet

2002 Cheltenham Festival

  • Mildmay of Flete Handicap Chase - Blowing Wind

2003 Cheltenham Festival

  • Arkle Challenge Trophy - Azertyuiop

2004 Cheltenham Festival

  • Queen Mother Champion Chase - Azertyuiop

  • Grand Annual Chase - St Pirran

  • County Hurdle - Sporazene

2005 Cheltenham Festival

  • Champion Bumper - Missed That

  • Ryanair Chase - Thisthatandtother

2006 Cheltenham Festival

  • Supreme Novices' Hurdle - Noland

  • The Festival Trophy - Dun Doire

  • County Handicap Hurdle - Desert Quest

2007 Cheltenham Festival

  • Royal & SunAlliance Chase - Denman

  • Ryanair Chase - Taranis

  • Cheltenham Gold Cup - Kauto Star

2008 Cheltenham Festival

  • Queen Mother Champion Chase - Master Minded

  • Ballymore Novices' Hurdle - Fiveforthree

  • Triumph Hurdle - Celestial Halo

2009 Cheltenham Festival

  • Mares' Hurdle - Quevega

  • Queen Mother Champion Chase - Master Minded

  • World Hurdle - Big Buck's

  • Ballymore Novices' Hurdle - Mikael d'Haguenet

  • RSA Chase - Cooldine

  • County Handicap Hurdle - American Trilogy

  • Cheltenham Gold Cup - Kauto Star

2010 Cheltenham Festival

  • Mares' Hurdle - Quevega

  • Fred Winter Juvenile Novices' Handicap Hurdle - Sanctuaire

  • World Hurdle - Big Buck's

2011 Cheltenham Festival

  • Supreme Novices' Hurdle - Al Ferof

  • Champion Hurdle - Hurricane Fly

  • Mares' Hurdle - Quevega

  • World Hurdle - Big Buck's

  • County Handicap Hurdle - Final Approach

2012 Cheltenham Festival

  • World Hurdle - Big Buck's

  • Mares' Hurdle - Quevega

2013 Cheltenham Festival

  • Supreme Novices' Hurdle - Champagne Fever

  • Champion Hurdle - Hurricane Fly

  • Mares' Hurdle - Quevega

  • Champion Bumper - Briar Hill

2014 Cheltenham Festival

  • Supreme Novices' Hurdle - Vautour

  • Mares' Hurdle - Quevega

  • Ballymore Novices' Hurdle - Faugheen

2015 Cheltenham Festival

  • Supreme Novices' Hurdle - Douvan

  • Arkle Challenge Trophy - Un de Sceaux

  • Champion Hurdle - Faugheen

  • JLT Novices' Chase - Vautour

2016 Cheltenham Festival

  • Arkle Challenge Trophy - Douvan

  • Champion Hurdle - Annie Power

  • Mares' Hurdle - Vroum Vroum Mag

  • Ballymore Novices' Hurdle - Yorkhill

  • JLT Novices' Chase - Black Hercules

  • Ryanair Chase - Vautour

  • Mares' Novices' Hurdle - Limini

2017 Cheltenham Festival

  • JLT Novices' Chase - Yorkhill

  • Ryanair Chase - Un de Sceaux

  • Stayers' Hurdle - Nichols Canyon

  • Mares' Novices' Hurdle - Let's Dance

2018 Cheltenham Festival

  • Arkle Challenge Trophy - Footpad

  • Mares' Hurdle - Benie Des Dieux

2019 Cheltenham Festival

  • Supreme Novices' Hurdle - Klassical Dream

*Credit for all of the photos in this article belongs to AP Photo*


FIRST PUBLISHED: 12th April 2022

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Alex is a sports betting tipster, specialising in Premier League football, the Champions League and horse racing.

He loves placing a weekly accumulator on the football at the weekend and dreams of landing the big winner that will take him back to Las Vegas.

As well as writing sports betting tips for 888sport since 2015, Alex has produced content for several international media companies, such as Goal.com and The SPORTBible.