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Easter Classic: Living Legend returns to deny Newcastle’s favorite Tyrrhenian feature | Race News


Living Legend fought back in style to deny the favorite Tyrrhenian and clinch the Betway Easter Classic on the day of the All-Time Final in Newcastle.

Given a delicious head turn from Joe Fanning, Living legend (7/1) looked to be in trouble two furlongs from home, with Andrea Atzeni sitting nicely on the inside rail aboard the Roger Varian coached side shot.

He sped up a clear length, but as his stride just started to shorten under the pressure, Fanning’s mount went into overdrive and they pulled themselves up to land the £200,000 half-length feature .

After the race, winning trainer Mark Johnston said: “He had a bent hamstring and had to take two years off. They say they’re never the same again, but obviously time is the crucial thing and we gave him a lot – he was away for 841 days.

“The owners (Barbara and Alick Richmond) gave him to us and he came back safe and sound, so we brought him back and raced him on our behalf. Then he won a race, so we gave him back. to owners.

“I don’t know where we’ll go from now. We’ll go one race at a time and we don’t have a specific plan.

“Joe always used to say this horse is better at a mile and a quarter with good pace, but he came today and said ‘you can race him on any trip’.”

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An emotional William Twiston-Davies spoke to Sky Sports Racing after winning with Earlofthecotswolds in the All Weather Championships marathon

Earlier on the map, earl of the cotswolds (10/3jf) provided trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies his greatest flat success as Liam Keniry led all the way in the all-weather marathon final.

After coming out on top early on, Keniry launched the final corner as he looked to put the horse’s stamina to good use.

He had to fight to the end as Frankie Dettori and Marshall Plan put up a tall challenge on the stands rail inside the final two stadiums, with the eventual winner hanging on by the neck on a day one close finishes at Gosforth Park.

Speaking after the race, the winning trainer was quick to congratulate his son William on the plan in place for this horse, saying: “It’s our biggest win on the flat so yeah, it’s charming.

“What a plan – I thought they were going to swallow it. Willy is the flat man, he found the groceries and all.

“Liam is one of his best buds and he said he was the man for the job. We’re having a party tonight!

Five in a spin for El Caballo

El Caballo (13/8f) was the winner of the final three for Clifford Lee and Karl Burke, battling market rival and previously undefeated Tiber Flow in the closing stages.

After the favorite saw the attentions of Space Cowboy and Hollie Doyle, he then had to rally when Tom Marquand’s mount charged home.

But the battle-hardened winner pulled out a bit more to bring the fivefold up, winning by a short header to the finish.

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Clifford Lee was thrilled to clinch the three-year-old final with El Caballo at the All-Time Championships on Good Friday in Newcastle

The two best in the market also went head-to-head in the fillies and mares final, with Highfield Princess (15/8f) getting the better of Internationalangel for Jason Hart and John Quinn.

The winner traveled harder than second under Hollie Doyle, moving two lengths but clung to the left to give the runners-up a chance down the straight.

But when the second came within half a length, the winner shot more to win with a bit to spare at the finish.

French winner on the day of the finals

France had a winner in the Sprint final, with Bouttemont (10/1) edging a tight finish to clinch the spoils for Gregory Benoist and coach Yann Barberot.

The traveling team turned down Edraak and Spycatcher for teams Michael Appleby and Karl Burke respectively, winning the top prize of £77,000 in the process.

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Tom Marquand admitted he was shocked to hear a Stewards inquiry had been called after the All-Weather Championships Mile victory over My Oberon

My Oberon (13/8f) got up on the line to reward favorite backers of the All-Weather Mile, after jockey Tom Marquand survived a dramatic investigation by stewards.

The five-year-old trained by Wiliam Haggas traveled smoothly and battled Joseph O’Brien’s San Andreas at a slow pace, doing just enough to win by a neckline at the line.

Stewards took a quick look at the finish after the winner appeared to rely on second, but the result stood on closer inspection.




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