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Sunday, 22 July, 2001, 14:44 GMT 15:44 UK
Serial loser suffers 100th defeat
Quixall Crossett struggles to stay the pace
Quixall Crossett (right) was last before being pulled up
A 16-year-old horse which has lost all of his 99 starts clocked up a century of defeats on Sunday.

Quixall Crossett holds the European record for his sequence of defeats - but has still become a cult with his own fan club and website.

And he continued his remarkable losing run when he was pulled up in the 1550BST at Southwell.

Quixall, a 66-1 chance, cheered his supporters by being judged the best turned-out horse before the race.

Among the fans cheering him was a female racegoer with a special Quixall Crossett scarf bearing the mauve, blue and white colours of his jockey's silks.

  Losing run
Run: 100 times
Won: 0
Second: 2
Third: 6
Fourth: 12
Fifth or worse: 48
Pulled up: 19
Unseated rider: 7
Fell: 5
Brought down: 1

And the horse did manage to complete more than a circuit in the Ropewalk Chambers Maiden Chase (Div 2), outlasting two of the 13-strong field who were early fallers.

But he was remote for most of the way in the contest, which was won by Secret Can't Say.

Quixall is trained by farmer Ted Caine, of Chop Gate, near Middlesbrough.

The horse was born on the Caine farm and has been racing since he was five years old.

He was named after former Manchester United player Albert Quixall.

Despite not winning, Quixall Crossett has earned 8,000 in place money over the years. He was ridden on Sunday by amateur jockey Nick Kent.

But Caine could not hide his disappointment with the latest perfomance.

He didn't travel very well at all
  Quixall Crossett's jockey Nick Kent

"He did not get among them at the start, and I think he might have lost a bit of interest," said Caine.

"He just wasn't able to keep up today and he wasn't enjoying himself - so the jockey did right to pull him up."

Caine conceded that the gelding is coming towards the end of his racing career but refused to contemplate retirement just yet.

"He will probably be out again somewhere soon. I won't make a decision today - we'll go back home and think about it," he added.

"But a couple more runs like that, and maybe we might have to think about his future."

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