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[an error occurred while processing this directive] Saturday, 27 October, 2001, 22:02 GMT 23:02 UK
Tiznow wins Classic duel
Sakhee is headed by Tiznow
Sakhee just fails to beat Tiznow at Belmont Park
Tiznow became the first horse to win back-to-back Breeders' Cup Classics with a thrilling triumph over Sakhee at Belmont Park, New York.

The American winner just edged out Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe hero Sakhee, ridden by Frankie Dettori for the Godolphin operation.

It was the second time Tiznow had ended the hopes of the visiting European team, having narrowly defeated Giant's Causeway in last year's Classic.

But the raiding party earlier secured a record-equalling three victories, through Dettori on Fantastic Light, Irish juvenile Johannesburg and French filly Banks Hill.

The Jay Robbins-trained Tiznow, ridden by Chris McCarron, had been beaten in his previous two starts.

But the four-year-old American Horse of the Year looked comfortable throughout the one mile, two furlong trip in the $4m feature race.

My horse is still a winner to me
Dettori on Sakhee

And he held on to take the win in a tight photo-finish with Sakhee, who won the Arc in France less than three weeks ago and was running on a dirt surface for the first time.

Albert the Great finished third, but Irish horse Galileo could only manage sixth place with stablemate Black Minnaloushe back in 10th.

The eight-race meeting was the first major international sporting event to be held in New York since the terror attacks on 11 September.

Much of the pre-race news had centred on the decision by Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin camp to run Fantastic Light in the Breeders' Cup Turf and Sakhee in the Classic.

Pundits had expected the entries to be the other way round, but their performances appeared to justify the decision.

Fantastic win

Dettori savoured success in the Breeders' Cup Turf on Fantastic Light, who just defeated Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien's Milan.

But there was reason for O'Brien to celebrate too, as jockey Mick Kinane steered Johannesburg to victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

Despite being narrowly beaten in the Classic, Dettori was proud of Sakhee's effort, saying: "What a great horse.

"He only ran two weeks' ago in Paris and he's never run on the dirt. But he took on all the best, even last year's winner.

"My horse is still a winner to me. For a horse who's never run on the dirt to run so well he must be a superstar."

BBC racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght
"Galileo hated the sandy dirt surface"
Frankie Dettori on Sakhee
"He's a great horse"
Mick Kinane on Galileo
"Every stride was a big effort"
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