Cheltenham: Jockey Mark Walsh to miss Festival with arm break

Mark Walsh
Mark Walsh broke his arm in a fall at Thurles.

Irish jockey Mark Walsh will miss next month's Cheltenham Festival after breaking his arm in a fall during Thursday's meeting at Thurles.

Walsh's agent Garry Cribbin confirmed the length of the jockey's absence in a tweet:external-link "Mark Walsh has a clean break on his arm and will have a plate put in tomorrow. Out of action for six weeks."

The fall has damaged his chances of being champion jockey in his homeland.

Walsh partners most of owner JP McManus' Irish-based horses.

He is tipped by some to one day succeed AP McCoy as the main retained rider for McManus.

As well as missing the Cheltenham Festival, Walsh could also miss the Aintree Grand National and the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse, both in April.