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Ruby Walsh has lost his race against time to be fit for this weekend’s top-class meeting at Auteuil.
The leading rider has been sidelined since breaking his leg for the second time in quick succession when falling from Al Boum Photo in the RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March.
Having failed to make it back in time to ride at last month’s Punchestown Festival, Walsh was targeting a comeback in France for the Grand Steeple weekend, but will have to wait a little longer before returning to the saddle.
He told Paddy Power News: “I’m not riding this weekend in France, but I know it’s only a matter of time before I do pass the doctor.”
The two-day meeting features the Grand Steeplechase de Paris and the French Champion Hurdle — the Grande Course de Haies d’Auteuil.