In conversation with Ted Walsh
Ted Walsh first came to attention as a top-class amateur rider. An 11-time champion amateur he enjoyed four successes at the Cheltenham Festival. Ted, who now operates as a leading trainer, has enjoyed tremendous success as a trainer of National Hunt and Flat racing ever since. We sat down with Ted and the team from Overlander to ask a few questions.
We’re excited for the Return of the Jumps at Naas Racecourse; is there a horse you are excited about seeing this season?
This season I am looking forward to Facile Vega making his debut over fences.
What’s your best memory of Naas Racecourse.
Nevilly Gate winning a 2-year-old race.
Who is your favourite horse to have trained?
Commanche Court. He gave me a Cheltenham Festival winner in the Triumph Hurdle in 1997 and the Irish National in 2000.
Who was your favourite horse to have ridden to victory?
Daring Run. We won two Aintree Hurdles together in the early 80’s.
What has been the best moment of your career?
Papillion when winning the national with Ruby on board in 2000.
You retired from our screens earlier this year, what was your favourite broadcasting memory of Irish racing?
Katie winning the Irish National for Sandra Hughes riding Thunder and Roses
You’ve had a lot of success at Naas, why do you like bringing a runner here?
I am a local to the yard. The ground is always in great condition, winter or summer. We have had a lot of success at Naas.
When you bring your runners to Naas what are you travelling in?
Before Overlander came on the scene, we often walked them out the back gate and across by the furness.
What is it about the Overlander horsebox that you love?
Very easy on the pocket and great backup service.