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Parting is such sweet - and painful - sorrow

It's always sad when something comes to an end but finales are rarely as sorrowful as this.

The last day of the festival was 'Reasons to be miserable part one, two, three, ....'

A broken arm for Ruby Walsh. A broken arm, knee and elbow for Daryl Jacob. Paul Townend sidelined by a shoulder injury. Chris Timmons failing a breath test and prevented from riding.
Raya Star killed. Briar Hill breaking a cheekbone. Last Instalment retired after injuring a tendon.

Two false starts in the Gold Cup - it isn't only the Grand National whose starts can make us look silly to the watching world.

A seven-day whip ban for David Casey after a tight finish to the big race, whose result may yet be determined at BHA headquarters as connections of the runner-up ponder an appeal against the failure to award him the race this afternoon.

But it was not all grim, especially if you fancied Gigginstown Stud to have a good day and risked £1 on their eventual 82,653-1 four-timer.

And all will be forgotten when we come back to do it all again next year. March 10, 2015. Put the date in the diary now, there may still be the odd hotel room left.

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