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Ruby Walsh with stable hand Brendan Kenny after winning the OLBG Mares Hurdle Race on Benie Des Dieux in 2018

Ruby Walsh with stable hand Brendan Kenny after winning the OLBG Mares Hurdle Race on Benie Des Dieux in 2018

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Ruby Walsh celebrates as he rides Vroum Vroum Magin 2016

Ruby Walsh celebrates as he rides Vroum Vroum Magin 2016

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‘Annie Power would have been entitled to take the hump over the presumption that only one horse mattered when it came to the Champion Hurdle’. Photo: Cody Glenn / Sportsfile

‘Annie Power would have been entitled to take the hump over the presumption that only one horse mattered when it came to the Champion Hurdle’. Photo: Cody Glenn / Sportsfile

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Ruby Walsh with stable hand Brendan Kenny after winning the OLBG Mares Hurdle Race on Benie Des Dieux in 2018

“YOU aren't in uniform, you're invisible.”

- Baseball great Nolan Ryan on retirement.

HIS adult life unspooled as Cheltenham's artist-in-residence, poet laureate of the Cotswolds, the epic lyricist of that murderous and venerated incline.