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Published: 11:18 | 16/10/16

Ruby Walsh secures another Grand National after US win


Ruby Walsh added another Grand National win to his already impressive haul after he rode Rawnaq to victory in the American version in New Jersey on Saturday night.

Walsh, who already won the English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish Nationals, produced enough to hold off late challenger Scorpiancer who finished ahead of third-placed Sharp Rise.

Rawnaq can now claim a 500,000 bonus if he can complete the Brown Advisory Iroquois Cheltenham Challenge with a win the Ryanair World Hurdle at Prestbury Park in March.

"It went really well, unfortunately his usual jockey Jack Doyle suffered some bad injuries a few weeks ago and that's why I'm here." Walsh said.

"I was the lucky guy who got to ride him today. He'd run over fences in Ireland and I was confident in his ability to jump, and jump racing is about being able to jump. Thank you to Mr Naylor for bringing me over and it's great to be here.

"The race unfolded beautifully, he jumped the first couple really well. It was an honest pace all the way, and when the English horses slackened off he outstayed them from there. The hill was quite testing, but he was in unbelievable shape.

"I saw too much of Rawnaq the other day, but I learnt that day he is a really strong stayer, Jack rode him and we couldn't get by him and he showed that again today the way he battled from the last fence.

"I didn't need to be asked twice to come, I thought he was the best steeplechase horse in America. It was a no brainer, and it's a huge purse. I was always going to come."

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