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Popular Cheltenham winner Rock On Ruby gets World Hurdle as new target

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On a New Year’s Day when two young jockeys came to the fore it was a Cheltenham stalwart in Rock On Ruby who proved easily the most popular equine victor in front of a bumper crowd of over 30,000 at the home of jump racing.

The winner of the 2012 Champion Hurdle never looked entirely happy when sent over fences after he lost the speed to keep up with the best over timber at the minimum trip, but has been much happier switched back to the smaller obstacles of late and was in his element in Thursday’s Grade Two Dornan Hurdle at a track where he has such a good record.

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