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NEXT GEN: Andrew Walsh

Andrew Walsh is our latest rider to feature in our next generation section.

From Co. Wexford, 18-year-old Andrew began riding in point-to-points last season and enjoyed his first winner at Largy last April aboard the Ashleigh Murphy-trained Better Be Quick. Andrew, who is currently studying to do his Leaving Certificate in Bridgetown College, teamed up with the now 12-year-old to register a second success at Inchydoney in May.

Andrew was in the winner’s enclosure on Sunday at Durrow when he steered his own mare, Rainbows At Dawn to victory in the seven-year-old-and-upwards mares’ maiden.


Name: Andrew Walsh
Age: 18
Area: Rathangan

How did you become involved in racing?

My father Michael has always kept broodmares and hunters at home so I grew up with horses from a young age.
When I was about eight or nine my cousin started up a riding school and I started to get riding lessons there every weekend and loved it from the start.

When I was 11 I then started to help John Walsh at the weekends and during my school holidays. From there I then started with Ashleigh and Michael Murphy when I was 15 and since then I have spent any of my holidays as well as my weekends there.

I have learned a lot from the Murphy’s as they have young stock, sales horses and point-to-pointers so it has given me a good base with all sides of it.

What's your favourite course?

It has to be my local track at Lingstown. Hopefully I will ride a winner there some day.

What was the best day of your racing life?

Riding my first winner at Largy was a memorable day especially as it was for Ashleigh and Michael who have been very good to me and given me loads of chances.

Sunday was also a great day as well as I also own Rainbows At Dawn. Mark Scallan has her for me and I ride her out in the afternoons after school.

Do you do any sport outside of racing?

I enjoy football and hurling and play for my local club in Rathangan. St. Annes. I also hunt as much as I can with the Killinick Harriers during the winter.

Who’s your biggest influence?

Both Mark Scallan and Gary Murphy have been a great help to me since I started riding and have given me loads of advice and tips.

What is one of your favourite racing memories?

I always enjoyed going to Lingstown point-to-point when I was growing up as you would always meet all of the other lads from the area.

What improvements would you like to see in point-to-pointing?

Its great there is more novice rider’s races during the season but I think it would be better if there could be more open and winners race for novice riders rather than just older maidens.

What are your plans for the future?

I am hoping to study Engineering after my Leaving Certificate so I would love to be able to keep riding in point-to-points while I am in college.
To read about some of our other featured riders this season click on the link below.


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