Ruby Walsh feels winning on Benie Des Dieux on Tuesday and landing one more will represent a “good return” at Cheltenham this week.

Ruby Walsh says he is ready for the challenge of adding to his record 58 Cheltenham Festival winners this week at Prestbury Park.

The Irishman has been plagued by injuries over the last 18 months, at one stage only being available to ride for 39 of 338 days between November 2017 and October 2018.

Walsh’s list of setbacks during that time included a back problem, a broken wrist and twice breaking his right leg to further fuel his legend and add to his reputation of being one of the toughest to ever take the saddle.

That tally of 58 winners is more than Tony McCoy and Richard Johnson combined and his vintage Festival years have been 2009 and 2016 when he has ridden seven winners.

The 39-year-old has been the leading jockey 11 times and is trading at 3/1 to take the crown again despite being coy on his chances.

Benie Des Dieux is the Irishman’s self-proclaimed best chance of picking up a win in the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle on Tuesday.

Despite playing down his opportunities, Ruby remains as determined as ever and is desperate to extend his record.

“I better be able to add to it. It is tighter this year than in other years,” he told the Daily Mail. “The one outstanding ride I have is Benie Des Dieux. If that can win and I can bag another one, it’ll be a good return.

“Sooner or later, somebody will ride more Cheltenham winners than me. But so what. That’s all records are.

“The only record that won’t be broken is AP winning the jockeys’ championship 20 years on the trot. That’ll be around forever.”

Odds subject to change.