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The turf

Paddington emerged victorious but Eclipse was an enthralling duel

15 July 2023

9:00 AM

15 July 2023

9:00 AM

I should have listened to George Duffield. Sandown Park’s Eclipse Stakes, the first time the Classic generation of three-year-olds take on their elders, is one of my favourite races and the then 53-year-old rider’s triumph on Giant’s Causeway in 2000, beating Kalanisi by a head after Pat Eddery had driven him into the lead 200 yards from the finish, was the duel I will never forget.

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