sport news ED CHAMBERLIN: Ruby Walsh is the closest thing in racing we have to Neville or ... trends now

sport news ED CHAMBERLIN: Ruby Walsh is the closest thing in racing we have to Neville or ... trends now
sport news ED CHAMBERLIN: Ruby Walsh is the closest thing in racing we have to Neville or ... trends now

sport news ED CHAMBERLIN: Ruby Walsh is the closest thing in racing we have to Neville or ... trends now

The changing of the seasons, from Flat to jumps, comes with a guarantee for me: Monday morning phone calls from Ruby Walsh.

Ruby is an emblem for the modern day pundit. Relentless in his quest for the right information and unyielding in how much time he will devote to being correct, you can see why his first career as a jockey was so successful. No corners are cut, every little bit of attention to detail matters.

So that’s why I know he will ring at the start of a week when we are working together. We will be at Cheltenham for three days next weekend and Ruby will be getting things in his mind already — he’s the closest thing to Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher I’ve seen in terms of his forensic approach. Punditry is one of the hottest topics of debate on social media. Thanks to men such as Ruby and my old Monday Night Football colleagues Gary and Carra, what gets said after the action, in some respects, is almost as important as the action.

I’ve seen it all through my career. I covered rugby union with Sean Fitzpatrick and Zinzan Brooke — there was nothing they could not tell you about the game but they were so confident in what they were doing, they would hop on to trade on eBay if the match they were covering was drab.

This never stopped them coming up with something interesting to say at half-time, in the same way I remember David Ginola spending one match at Newcastle puffing away on a cigarette during the first 45 minutes, barely watching a kick, before turning on his Gallic charm through the break.

Ruby Walsh is the emblem of a modern pundit, paying attention to every little bit of detail

Ruby Walsh is the emblem of a modern pundit, paying attention to every little bit of detail

We will be at Cheltenham for three days next weekend and Ruby will already be getting things in his mind for his work

We will be at Cheltenham for three days next weekend and Ruby will already be getting things in his mind for his work

He is the closest thing I have seen to Gary Neville (left) and Jamie Carragher (right) when it comes to forensic approach

He is the closest thing I have seen to Gary Neville (left) and Jamie Carragher (right) when it comes to forensic approach

It’s why everyone feels compelled to have an opinion about pundits. They are able to stir such feelings

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