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Paddington can help O’Brien to trainers’ title with York success


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The favourite for the International Stakes started in humble company like Jamie Vardy but is impossible to oppose

Much has been made of the similarities between Paddington and Giant’s Causeway, Aidan O’Brien’s “Iron Horse” at the turn of the century, ahead of Paddington’s attempt to record a fifth consecutive Group One win in the International Stakes at York on Wednesday. Rather less attention has been paid to parallels with Jamie Vardy, the Leicester City striker, in his team’s title-winning 2015/16 campaign.

As Vardy racked up goals in 11 straight matches in the early weeks of the season, no match report was complete without a reference to his humble origins in non-league football. The fact that Paddington started his three-year-old season in a handicap similarly gets a mention after each fresh Group One success, and as yet, like the Premier League’s best defenders eight years ago, his rivals have not found a way to stop him.

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