Eclipsed by a hair’s breadth

Racing Ahead - - PHOTO SPECIAL -

CO­RAL-ECLIPSE win­ner Ulysses just edged out Bar­ney Roy in the clos­est fin­ish to a Group 1 con­test for many years. In fact, it was so close that many of the Sandown crowd thought it was a dead­heat – even af­ter see­ing the photo fin­ish print!

Bar­ney Roy made his move but it was clear to all that Jim Crow­ley was swing­ing off Ulysses as he de­liv­ered his chal­lenge.

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained fouryear-old didn’t find quite as much as ex­pected and the pair bobbed past the post to­gether.

A cou­ple of inches past the line,Bar­ney Roy was in front — but Ulysses was ahead by a nos­tril where it mat­ters.

Crow­ley said:“That was fan­tas­tic. It was great to get the ride on him and I'm very grate­ful to the own­ers and Sir Michael Stoute.

“I learnt a lot from rid­ing him last time. The race went re­ally well to­day and when he got the front he thought he’d done enough. I cruised into the race and my only con­cern was get­ting there too soon.

“Fair play to the sec­ond,who came back at us, and I wasn’t sure we’d won. It was a great feel­ing when they called it out.”

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