Racing: Rubstic dies at 26

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The Independent Online
Rubstic, the only Scottish-trained winner in the history of the Grand National, has died at the age of 26.

He passed away peacefully in the stable in Ladykirk, between Berwick and Coldstream, where he had lived in retirement under the care of former trainer John Leadbetter, who said: "It's one of those sad days and like losing a best friend. Although he may not have been top class, at least he won a proper National before they modified the fences.''

The gelding won the 1979 National, carrying Maurice Barnes to victory over Zongalero. He fell only once during his career.

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