Legend Kinane delivers one more time

Doncaster’s third running of the Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Stakes was again won by a jockey worthy of the title as Mick Kinane and Patriotic held on in a tight finish yesterday.

A field of 16 ex-jockeys, some better known than others, had gathered for the only charity race held in Britain under the Rules of Racing and the man who came home in front was perhaps the most accomplished of them all.

Not that it was easy, as George Duffield and Elijah Pepper closed to within a nose of the Kinane-ridden 5-1 favourite.

Julie Krone made a bold bid to repeat last year’s victory by leading on Sunnyside Tom for most of the mile, but Kinane delivered the Chris Dwyer-trained Patriotic with a smooth run to lead with just over a furlong remaining.

But he had to push as if his life depended on it to keep Duffield at bay.

Kinane, 53. retired as a professional after a glittering career at the end of the 2009 season in which he enjoyed tremendous success on the champion colt Sea The Stars.

He said: “I’m glad it wasn’t two miles. George just wouldn’t go away at the end. He was trying to sneak up on me, the old fox.

“I still ride out twice a week for John Oxx. I like to keep fit and there is no better workout than riding a horse.

“Today has been good fun, it’s for a great cause but I might retire again now!”

Kinane’s display won praise from Tony McCoy, who wrote on his Twitter page: “today confirms what I’ve always thought when god made the perfect jockey he decided 2 call him Mick kinane!’’

The stewards inquired into the use of the whip by Duffield inside the final two furlongs, ruling he had used it above the permitted level.

The 65-year-old was fined £300 as a result.

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