Dana's Present (centre) just gets up to land the Leger Legends racePICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)
Supple and Dana's edge Leger Legends win
Report: Doncaster, Thursday
Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Stakes 1m, 3yo+
WILLIE SUPPLE, winner of the Golden Jubilee and Lockinge Stakes in his heyday, rolled back the years on Thursday to land an epic fourth running of the Leger Legends race aboard the George Baker-trained Dana's Present.
It took a photo to split the first three home, in fact Pelmanism and Excellent Puck couldn't be split in second but it was Dana's Present and Supple who returned victorious.
Deep inside the final furlong the only possible result appeared to be a win for jockey-turned-trainer Gay Kelleway, who had struck the front within the final quarter mile on Pelmanism, quickly establishing a commanding lead.
However, close home Brian Ellison's runner started to run on empty and, despite Kelleway's urgings, was joined by the fast-finishing duo as the trio crossed the line.
The verdict came down on Dana's Present's side, much to the delight of Supple, who is perhaps best remembered for his all-the-way victory aboard Fly To The Stars in the 1999 Lockinge.
"It was great to get the winner and I must thank Kevin Prendergast for keeping me fit by letting me ride out five mornings a week," said Supple.
In contrast, Kelleway was left deflated after seeing certain victory snatched from her grasp in the last stride.
"He was a great ride and will definitely win next time," said Kelleway, putting her best brave face on. She added: "Perhaps, in that ground and over a mile, I went a touch soon.
"But you've got to be positive when you commit and that's how he's been ridden in the past. It wasn't the fact that mine was stopping but that the other two were finishing strongly."
The other unlucky jockey to miss out in the photo was Jimmy McCarthy aboard Excellent Pluck, although it's fair to say he was at an advantage over his rivals, having only retired from the saddle in July.