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Ted Walsh is an amateur jockey turned racehorse trainer, based in Kill, County Kildare, Ireland. He was born and raised in Co. Cork. As a rider, one of his most important wins was on Attitude Adjuster in the 1986 Cheltenham Festival Foxhunter Chase. Walsh also had a good record on Daring Run who won the 1981 and 1982 Aintree Hurdle, was a close third in the 1981 Champion Hurdle and unplaced as favourite in 1982. 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, three years earlier. Commanche Court, ridden by Ruby, also finished second behind Best Mate in the 2002 Cheltenham Gold Cup. 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 conpensation when Jack High won the Betfred Gold Cup (formerly the Whitbread) at Sandown later that year. Ted is also father to amateur Irish National Hunt jockey, Katie.
Ted is also a presenter for RTE racing, where he is renowned for his forthright views. He has also appeared many times on Channel 4's The Morning Line, more commonly during the Cheltenham Festival.
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