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Paddington holds off Emily Upjohn to claim victory in the Eclipse


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  • Win was Aidan O’Brien’s seventh in the race
  • ‘He’s got a lot of pace and gears, and he’s all class, really’

It is six years since Aidan O’Brien last achieved the significant feat of winning the British trainers’ championship from his Ballydoyle stable in County Tipperary and his ninth-place finish in the table last season was his poorest showing for many years. He shows every sign of making a serious run at a seventh title in 2023, however, and Paddington, a colt who started the season in handicaps, could yet prove to be O’Brien’s trump card among a strong team of three-year-old colts.

Paddington was, in hindsight, one of the bets of the century off a mark of 97 at Naas in late March, and he extended his unbeaten campaign this season to five races with a battling success in the Eclipse Stakes his third Group One win in a row.

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