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WALTER WORKS!; Tears flow for Swinburn glory.

Brave Walter Swinburn came back from the dead to win one of the world's biggest races last night as Britain landed an amazing one-two in the million-pound Breeders' Cup Turf.

Walter had fractured his skull and suffered serious internal injuries when crashing into a metal post in Hong Kong last winter, hovering at death's door for days.

But he fought back to return to race riding six months later and last night reached unbelievable heights on Pilsudski, second in the Arc last time out but a near 15-1 chance.

Swinburn, in floods of tears, said: "I dedicate this to my family - I owe them so much.

"I had some real dark days while I was recovering from my fall and the Jockey Club would not let me ride in races for six months which was really disheartening. But my family stuck by me and gave me the strength to carry on.

"To win a race like this is just incredible."

Pilsudski's stablemate, Singspiel, took the lead early in the home straight and looked set for glory until Swinburn launched his winning run. Frankie Dettori finished fourth on Shantou.

"I knew if I was ever going to win a Breeders' Cup race this was the place to do it. It's just brilliant," said trainer Michael Stoute.

British fans needed this win after Dettori could finish only seventh on favourite Mark Of Esteem in the Mile.

The race went to Da Hoss from the stable of Michael Dickinson, the man who once trained the first five home in the Cheltenham Gold Cup but deserted Britain after an unhappy spell working for Robert Sangster.

Dettori rated Mark Of Esteem the horse with the best engine in the race, but blasted the track after his motor failed to fire.

"The ground here is not consistent - it's soft down the back and firm up the straight and it was no good for Mark Of Esteem at all. He was wasting too much energy in the early stages," said Frankie
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Fawcus, Charles
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 27, 1996
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