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Vincent Hogan: Resilient Ruby saves punters from penury

Irish domination mercifully unsullied by tricolours, gloating and paddywhackery

Published 18/03/2010 | 05:00

It is one of the great, clunking clichés of this festival for jockeys of Irish-trained winners to wear a tricolour back to the enclosure.

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For some, the tradition has begun to grate a little. So much of this celebration of jump racing is about jolly co-habitation that the idea of our nationality paraded as a finger in the English eye seems to belong to a mindset formed on the spites of history.

The Irish at Cheltenham is really a story that has out-grown that kind of packaging.

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