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Amrullah put down, aged 23.

AMRULLAH, the all-time loser who built up a cult following, has been put down at the age of 23 and buried on the farm of trainer John Bridger.

The gelding gained celebrity status through the late 1980s and early 1990s as he built up his sequence of defeats to 74 - a record later smashed by Quixall Crossett.

The gelded son of High Top even featured on News At

Ten and was trumpeted by Channel 4's John McCririck as he amassed his losing run, often in small but select fields.

Owner Terry Thorn said yesterday: "He was a horse with undoubted ability, but just refused to get his head in front.

"He excelled over fences and raced against most of the top horses of his time, including Barnbrook Again, Desert Orchid, Celtic Shot and Remittance Man.

"His favourite tracks were Ascot, Kempton and Sandown and he amassed over pounds 26,000 in prize-money despite never having won a race."

Bridger added: "He was a crafty character, but I feel a bit sick I couldn't get him to win."
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 22, 2003
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