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    Grandstand from February 17th 1990 featured 3 races from Chepstow

    100 – Steel Plate and Sections Novice Chase Qualifier 2M
    130 – John Hughes Grand National Trial Handicap Chase 3M 6F
    200 – Weathercall Rising Stars Steeplechase 2 1/2M

    and after the rugby at 400 from Leopardstown O’Brien Gold Cup 3M

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    “Ruling was one of my favourites then, always got outpaced, then would come with a rattle at the ned. Very hard to find his racing record”

    I found it straight away on the Racing Post website. Just enter his name in the search box and Bob’s your uncle.

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    Thanks++ for that; didn’t know he beat Jodami in a bumper!!

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    Not easy to trace the early years of Ruling, but I do know he ended up running in bumpers because he hated starting stalls. At that time, I believe he was owned by the Surrey based trainer Hugh O’Neill, who had given up his licence at the end of 88/89 season and sent this horse Richard Holder.

    Which is how I know a bit about him, as there he would have been handled by Pat Murphy (then Holder’s son-in-law), who later trained for me. He was sent to Fulke Johnson Houghton after his bumper season, probably because that meant better facilities and the presence of other horses that could work at his level of ability.

    He did run on the flat a couple of times in France, where stalls weren’t used for staying races at that time, but never in this country.

    A later half brother to Ruling, called Tap Dance City, was hugely successful in Japan, winning a Japan Cup and another Group 1, earning a modest £4,6M in his career.

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    World of Sport from 1965 on February 20th

    Racing from Catterick presented by John Rickman , commentary by Tony Cooke and Ken Butler

    130 Brough Novices Hurdle 2M
    230 Grand National Trial Handicap Chase 3 3/4M
    300 Aske Handicap Hurdle 2M

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    The ITV 7 from February 20th 1971

    Introduced by John Rickman (Newcastle) & John Lawrence (Nottingham)
    Commentary by John Penney (Newcastle) & Bob Haynes (Nottingham)

    130 Newcastle – Pike Hunters Chase 3M
    145 Nottingham – Radcliffe Novices Hurdle (Div.1) 2 3/4M
    200 Newcastle – Minnow Novice Hurdle 2M
    215 Nottingham – Skegness Jolly Fisherman Novices Chase 3M
    230 Newcastle – Trout Chase 3M
    245 Nottingham – Mark Lane Handicap Hurdle 2 3/4M
    300 Newcastle – Chubb Handicap Hurdle 3M

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    Hard to believe Pat Murphy is still training, you hear almost nothing of him these days, although coincidentally he had a horse placed at Huntingdon yesterday. I see he’s only trained five winners since 2015, with a strike rate of less than 5%. You’d really wonder how these guys keep going at times. Doing a bit of buying and selling maybe…

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