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  • 15:40 Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Stakes 1m

  • (Str) £10,000 added 3yo+ 16 ran
  • Winner £6,469 2nd £1,925 3rd £962 4th £481
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 1m 40.90s
  • Off time: 15:42:03

Patriotic success for Kinane

Thrilling finish to Leger Legends

Last Updated: 12/09/12 5:51pm

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Mick Kinane: Claimed another Legends race

Mick Kinane: Claimed another Legends race

Mick Kinane narrowly prevailed aboard Patriotic in a thrilling renewal of the Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Stakes at Doncaster.

George Duffield brought Elijah Pepper with a strong challenge in the final half-furlong but Patriotic just held on in a head-bobbing finish.

American Julie Krone made a bold bid to repeat last year's victory by leading on Sunnyside Tom for most of the race, but Kinane delivered the Chris Dwyer-trained Patriotic with a smooth run to lead a furlong out.

The 5-1 favourite was all out though to keep Elijah Pepper at bay by a nose.

Kinane, 53, who also won a charity race at Aintree's Grand National meeting in April, retired as a professional after a glittering career at the end of the 2009 season in which he enjoyed tremendous success on the champion colt Sea The Stars.

Leave Him Alone

Kinane said: "I'm glad it wasn't two miles. George just wouldn't go away at the end. He was trying to sneak up on me, the old fox.

"My horse travelled so well and I thought I went a bit soon on him really as we were treading water at the end.

"I still ride out twice a week for John Oxx. I like to keep fit and there is no better workout than riding a horse.

"Today has been good fun it's for a great cause but I might retire again now!"

Duffield said: "I thought at one stage the winner was going to beat me fair and square and I was just riding for second.

"I kept him going just if cause he faltered which he did, but I caught after the line and not before.

"Mr Barron (David Barron, trainer) said leave him alone early and just let him take you through the race and he finished well for me.

"I wasn't quite sure if I'd got there or not as he was faltering and I was going forward."

The stewards inquired into the use of the whip by Duffield inside the final two furlongs, ruling that he had used it above the permitted level; Duffield was fined £300 as a result.

A Little Tired

Four and a half lengths back in third were Handheld and Tony Clark, who won the 1989 International Stakes on Ile De Chypre.

"It couldn't have gone better and I'd like to thank trainer Ed de Giles for giving me the ride," Clark said.

"I thought I was going to win but just got a little tired at the end. Horse and rider!"

Distinguished American rider Krone weakened to 14th, but said: "I was really left out last year being from across the Pond and not knowing anyone, but this year it felt like a homecoming and the way the event has grown and the money that is raised is great. Didn't Mick look great, there are no indignities in his old age."

When asked how the race had been run aboard last-placed Gunner Will, Jamie Osborne said: "Slowly."

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