1984 Christy Roche (Secreto)

Turn up for the books as Secreto defeats odds-on favourite El Gran Senor.

Irish jockey Christy Roche rode his mount, a bay stallion, to a famous short head victory in a time of 2:39.12.

Many people have criticised El Gran Senor’s jockey Pat Eddery for having been pipped at the post, but as ever, the truth is not easy to divine. For the record, Eddery himself has stated that he took to the front too early, but even that honest self-appraisal perhaps fails to give proper credit to Roche and Secreto having run a very good race.

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