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HORSE PLAY; Just for the fun of it.

Who am I? I'm most famous for my national exploits, but it is often forgotten my success went as far north as Scotland. Yes, I was the toast of Ayr as well as Aintree for one year - whoever said I was only a course specialist? I once went close in the Hennessy and would have won had it not been for some other Red horse. Having also scored on the Flat, I was a bit of an all-rounder.

Answer on page 91 Wit and wisdom ' Yes, I did cut up one or two, and them me. But you can't do two things - do your best to win all the time and be cas reful all the time' Lester Piggott Easy as 1-2-3 1 Which horse split four of Paul Nicholls' runners when third in last month's Gold Cup? 2 Who was the last Fred Darling winner to follow up in the 1,000 Guineas? 3 Where are the two open days held on Good Friday? Answers on page 91Googling a runner Halicarnassus 3.10 Ripon An ancient Greek city on the southwest coast of what is now modern Turkey. In 334BC, while in the hands of the Persian Empire, it was besieged by Alexander the Great and much of the city was destroyed by fire.

On this day . .

April 16, 1979 Monksfield, Tied Cottage, Dulcify and High Sierra scored big-race victories in four different countries.

In the Welsh Champion Hurdle, Monksfield gave weight and a beating to Birds Nest. Tied Cottage, ridden by his owner Anthony Robinson, gained compensation for his last-fence fall in the Gold Cup by winning the Irish Grand National.

In the AJC Derby in Sydney, Dulcify finished second to Double Century, who was disqualified for hampering him. And at Longchamp, High Sierra took the Prix Noailles.

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Date:Apr 16, 2009
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