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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Twenty years on from Dessie's finest hour

It's Gold Cup Day tomorrow- and it'll be exactly 20 years since the epic race of 1989, when the legendary Desert Orchid defeated 66-1 outsider Yahoo in one of the most stirring finishes to a big race ever seen.

I was lucky enough to have been at Cheltenham that day and even though I have been to hundreds of race meetings since, that cold, wet day in March 1989 will always be a special memory. Dessie looked a beaten horse on the run-in, but he rallied superbly to deny Yahoo in the closing strides.

The race also featured one of the greatest acts of sportsmanship I have ever witnessed, when jockey Tom Morgan, who had finished second, rode over to give the victorious Desert Orchid (who had just deprived him of a place in racing history) a loving pat.

Enjoy the video of one of the greatest horse races of all time.

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