Ruby crowned Cheltenham king
Ruby Walsh was crowned top jockey at the Cheltenham Festival for a seventh time with four winners this week.
The Irish ace held off compatriots Barry Geraghty and Bryan Cooper - despite drawing a blank on the last two days of the four-day meeting.
A first day treble put Walsh, who won the award for the first time in 2004, on his way and his win on 25-1 shot Briar Hill in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper turned out to be decisive.
Geraghty had a winner on three of the four days but it was not enough for him to retain the title he won for a second time last year.
The big surprise was emerging star Cooper who enjoyed a double on the last day to supplement his single on Thursday.
Claiming a 50th win at the Festival for the fixture's most successful trainer Nicky Henderson gave him four winners during the week, but was not enough to see off Ireland's Willie Mullins for top trainer title with five successes, led by Hurricane Fly and Quevega.
Ireland ended with 14 winners, a record haul for the Emerald Isle, and 20 Irish-bred winners, including all seven on the last day.