Klassical Dream completes Festival double

Min with Ruby Walsh up jumps the last on their way to winning the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Steeplechase last year

Min with Ruby Walsh up jumps the last on their way to winning the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Steeplechase last year

The Punchestown Gold Cup highlights tomorrow's action as two stars of Willie Mullins' yard, Al Boum Photo and Kemboy, battle it out in a bid to become Closutton's true superstar.

Walsh was at his impeccable best for the final ride of his brilliant career. Al Boum Photo famously landed the trainer his first Cheltenham Gold Cup in March, though he still isn't guaranteed to go off favourite after Kemboy blew his opposition away at Aintree earlier this month. He had enough in hand to wave to the stands crossing the line, which soon turned out to be a wave goodbye.

Walsh, 39, rode his first victor in 1995 but famously won the Grand National as a baby-faced 20-year-old on his first attempt when riding Papillon to victory for his father, Ted Walsh.

The 39-year-old also won the Grand National twice, with Papillon in 2000 and Hedgehunter five years later.

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Earlier on the card, Mullins had witnessed Supreme Novices' Hurdle victor Supreme Novices' Hurdle victor Klassical Dream enhance next year's Champion Hurdle pretensions with an authoritative victory in the Herald Champion Novice Hurdle, while exciting stayer Delta Work routed his field in the Champion Novice Chase for trainer Gordon Elliott.

"I think I knew going out that if he won I wouldn't ride again", Walsh said, talking about Kemboy, before adding, "Time moves on, I've done it for 24 years and to be honest I want to do something else over the next 24 - I'm just not sure what".

Tony McCoy may have ridden more winners, but Walsh, who was the leading rider at the Cheltenham Festival 11 times between 2004 and 2017, would be the choice of many punters as the finest all-round jockey that jump racing has seen.

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