Tributes pour in for Kildare jockey Ruby Walsh after retirement announcement

Horse racing legend retires from the saddle

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Tributes pour in for Kildare jockey Ruby Walsh after retirement announcement

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The world of racing was taken by surprise yesterday when Kildare jockey Ruby Walsh announced his retirement after winning the Punchestown Gold Cup. 

Since his announcement tributes have been pouring in for the Kill native. 

Trainer Willie Mullins, said it was out of the blue for him and described it as a "great way to go".

He told the Racing Post "I thought to myself - an end of an era, what a career he had, what a partnership we had, and he had some partnership with Pauls Nichols as well."

Here are some of the reactions on social media to the retirement of one of Ireland's greatest sporting stars.