Byline: BILL KNIGHT
CHIVALRY landed an extraordinary success for racing's oldest firm at Newmarket yesterday but there were some heart-stopping moments before the judge's verdict confirmed that he had won the pounds 64,000 Tote Cambridgeshire.
Less than the width of trainer Sir Mark Prescott's cigar separated Chivalry and flying finisher Adiemus and in olden times this would have been a dead heat.
There was a touch of olden times about this win as Chivalry hadn't raced in almost a year and no horse had achieved such a feat in living memory.
But Prescott and his long-serving jockey George Duffield know exactly what it takes and the old timers got their reward in the end.
When Duffield sent Chivalry ahead approaching the final furlong, a third Cambridgeshire looked in the bag for the stable, but eventually the long lay-off took its toll and Adiemus was closing him down all the way to the line.
"I had my head down so I wasn't sure if we had held on, but luckily Chivalry had his head down too which was just enough. I was praying for that winning post to come," said the 56-year-old rider.
Typically, Gentleman George had no time to watch videos of another big-race success as he was off to have sand kicked in his face at Wolverhampton last night.
"It's all in a day's work, but having Chivalry ready to win a race like this after a year off is an unbelievable …