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Ulysses wins Eclipse in a thriller

UlysseswinsEclipseinathriller

July9,20179:18am。

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SirMichaelStoutehaslandedarecord-equallingsixthwininadramaticfinishtotheEclipseStakeswithUlyssesnosingoutBarneyRoyatSandown。

ThewinwasalsoasignificantoneforjockeyJimCrowleywhowasreplacedearlierintheweekbySilvestredeSousaonEminentwhocouldonlymanagefifth。

WhilemuchofthefocuscentredaroundtheexpectedtusslebetweenDerbyrunner-upCliffsOfMoherandStJamessPalaceStakeswinnerBarneyRoy,Ulysseswassentoutan8-1chance。

TajMahalcutouttheearlypaceinthe10-furlong(2000m)contest,hisstablemateand7-4favouriteCliffsOfMoherstumbledafterbeingtightenedupontherail,beingforcedtosurrenderanumberoflengthsintheprocess。

Havingwatchedeventsunfoldinfrontofhim,CrowleysteadilybroughtUlyssesaroundrunners。

SittingalmostmotionlessaboardtheNiarchosfamily-ownedUlyssesapproachingthefinalfurlong,itlookedacaseofhowfar。

ButUlysseswasjoinedbyBarneyRoyontheclimbtothelineandasthepairgaveeverythingitwasUlysseswhoeventuallyprevailedbyanose。

Ifeltfromthefurlongmarkerhewasalwaysholdinghim,butmyanglewasbadandIdidnthaveanyideaifhehadwonornot,soitwasarelief。

Itwasnervewrackingforawhile,Stoutesaid。

Heisaveryconsistent,gamehorseandhehasonlyeverhadoneblipinhislifeandthatwasintheDerbywhenhegotturnedovertwice。

Hehasneverrunabadrace。

ThankGodtheresultwentright。

IamdelightedfortheNiarchosfamilybecausetheyarebigsupporters。

ThewinwasparticularlysatisfyingforlastseasonschampionjockeyCrowley。

Whenyoubecomechampionjockeythesearetheracesyoushouldbeandwanttobewinning,hesaid。

AllcredittoSirMichaelStouteandtheownersforgivingmethegoonhimafterRoyalAscot。

Togettheopportunityafterhowthingshaveworkedouthasbeenfantastic。

Thingshappeninlifeforareason。

YouhavetorespectthedecisionandIdontthinkIdidtoomuchwrong(onEminent),butithasworkedoutinmyfavourtoday。

Itsnumberone。