14/03/2014 10:08 GMT | Updated 14/03/2014 11:59 GMT

Cheltenham Races: Ruby Walsh Out Of Festival With Broken Arm (PICTURES)

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Abbyssial ridden by Ruby Walsh falls at the first fence during the JCB Triumph Hurdle on Gold Cup Day, during the Cheltenham Festival.

Ruby Walsh will miss the rest of the Cheltenham Festival after he broke his arm in the first race of the day.

Walsh fell off Abbyssial at the first fence and was taken straight to hospital, where doctors confirmed an arm fracture.

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Walsh fell off Abbyssial at the first fence

Walsh was leading the field over the second hurdle when taking a crunching spill, bringing down stablemate Adriana Des Mottes in the process.

Walsh was able to walk gingerly to the ambulance, but could be seen holding his arm.

The rider was set to undergo surgery on the open fracture at Gloucester Hospital.

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Walsh fractured his arm in the fall

A racecourse spokesperson said: "He has a compound fracture of his right humerus. He has been taken to Gloucester for surgery."

Walsh's fall at Cheltenham