Ted Walsh

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Ted Walsh
Ted Walsh.jpg
Walsh in 2013
OccupationJockey, Trainer
Born (1950-04-14) 14 April 1950 (age 69)
Fermoy, County Cork, Ireland

Ted Walsh (born 14 April 1950)[1] is an Irish amateur jockey turned racehorse trainer who was born and raised in Co. Cork but based in Kill, County Kildare, Ireland. Ted is also father to amateur Irish National Hunt jockey, Katie Walsh and professional national hunt jockey Ruby Walsh.[2]


As a rider, he won 4 Cheltenham Festival races. His first was in the 1974 Kim Muir on Castleruddery. His last was in the 1986 Foxhunter Chase on Attitude adjuster. He also won the 1979 Queen Mother Champion Chase on Hilly Way. Another horse he had success on was Daring Run who won the 1981 and 1982 Aintree Hurdle, was a close third in the 1981 Champion Hurdle. He won the Irish amateur jockeys title 11 times.


One of his more famous training achievements was training Papillon to win the 2000 English Grand National and Commanche Court to win the Irish Grand National, both ridden by his son Ruby Walsh. The latter horse had won the Triumph Hurdle for him, and jockey Norman Williamson in 1997. That was Ted's first winner at the Cheltenham Festival as a trainer.[3] In the 2002 Cheltenham Gold Cup Commanche Court, ridden by Ruby, also finished second behind Best Mate. Walsh also trained Rince Ri who won two Ericsson chases as well as a Pillar Chase (he came second in another) and a Power Gold Cup. Ted trained Jack High to finish second behind Numbersixvalverde (ridden by Ruby) in the 2005 Irish Grand National. However, he gained compensation when Jack High won the Betfred Gold Cup (formerly the Whitbread) at Sandown later that year.[4] In the 2012 English Grand National he trained third placed Seabass which was ridden by his daughter Katie Walsh.


Ted has been a regular pundit on RTE Racing which covers some of important and popular race meetings on RTE television since the 1980s. This includes the Dublin Racing Festival in Leopardstown in February. The Irish Gand National festival in Fairyhouse at Easter. Punchestown National Hunt Festival in late April. Various flat Racing classics such as The Irish Derby in the Curragh at the end of June. The Galway summer festival and flat Racing festival in September. And the Christmas Racing festival from Leopardstown.


  1. ^ Ted Walsh IRE (Kill, County Kildare)
  2. ^ "Ted Walsh Trainer - 2000 Grand National Winner With Papillion". Grand National Guide. 19 November 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Ted Walsh hopeful Foxrock can earn a sixth Festival triumph". Irish Examiner. 11 March 2014. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Ted Walsh Go Racing profile". Go Racing. Retrieved 29 March 2016.