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Six occasions he's had us on the edge of our seats.

July 2003 - Addleshaw Goddard Stakes, Sandown

Persian Punch went into this race seeking the 17th win of his long and illustrious career. He was four years older than his chief rival, the six-year-old Cover Up.

Sent off a sentimental 6-4 favourite, he put his head down, dug deep and got up to beat the young pretender by a short head.

August 2001 - Lonsdale Stakes, York

Three years after his previous success in the race, fans were hopeful rather than confident he could complete a York double.

It looked as though an easy win was on the cards until Jardines Lookout came to challenge close home and Persian Punch had to use every ounce of courage to repel the late challenge, keeping a head in front.

August 2001- Goodwood Cup

In a head-to-head battle with Double Honour, Persian Punch put up a courageous effort, battling a gritty length and a half ahead of his rival, five years his junior.

May 2000 - Henry II Stakes, Sandown

Persian Punch went into this race seeking a third win in the contest and led his rivals a merry dance from the front. But he had to be at his bravest to repel strong challenges from both Churlish Charm and the previous year's winner Arctic Owl.

August 1998 - Lonsdale Stakes, York

In a contest made to quicken any pulse the popular stayer Celeric and Persian Punch went head to head once more.

They had met on seven occasions prior

to this race and Celeric, senior by a year, had finished ahead in four of those contests.

Celeric forged to the front but Persian Punch's determination saw him battle back, getting up in the dying strides to beat his old foe a short head.

May 1998 - Henry II Stakes, Sandown

Persian Punch was made 15-8 favourite to land the race for a second time and was sent to the front three furlongs from home, with Samraan giving chase.

The two five-year-olds battled hammer and tongs for the last furlong. Samraan managed to thrust his nose in front for just a couple of strides but Persian Punch

pulled out every stop in gutsy style - and at the winning post he was a head to the

good.

PUNTERS looking to back Adekshan and Unshakable, who are vying for favouritism in today's William Hill Mile, should take note that the race has yet to be won by the market leader in its 16-year history.
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