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Gung-ho Ruby has last word.

RUBY Walsh epitomised the granite determination of jump jockeys by winning the Racing Post Chase at Kempton half-an-hour after taking a hefty kick to his back from another horse.

The Irishman was left wincing as Pur De Sivola's trailing leg caught him when falling at the third-last of the preceding Pendil Novices' Chase, although he still managed to steer Oslot home to victory.

Paul Nicholls provided him with an equally brave partner in Gungadu for the feature event and the pair dug in their heels as they refused to bend to the challenge of Kelami.

It was a feat that would be just as expected from Tony McCoy or many of his weighing-room colleagues and Walsh seemed almost embarrassed of the praise.

"When something like that happens, you are waiting to see if it hurts even more or stays the same, but it stayed the same," he said.

Breath "I just got kicked below my ribcage but I didn't have time to think about it at the time. I took a deep breath and just kept going. I'll be all right, but it might hurt tomorrow."

Gungadu was sent off the 4-1 favourite after a victory at Sandown three weeks earlier.

"He's much better when fresh," said Nicholls. "He'll need a break now and wouldn't be running in the Gold Cup. He'll be hard to place but might be OK to bring back for a race at Aintree.

Grand National-bound Simon, last year's winner, plugged on again to finish fourth.

"He had too much weight," said owner Mercy Rimell.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Feb 24, 2008
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