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Sawpit runs out a sensational Eclipse winner

Action from Nottingham

There aren’t many people in this sport that can stop Charlie Lister, but obviously David Hunt can.

The Lister bandwagon was de-railed at Nottingham, as despite having four finalists the Hunt-trained Sawpit Sensation annihilated a top-class field in the Betfred Eclipse and broke the track record in the process.

His run of 29.16secs broke the previous record held by the Lister trained Shelbourne Reany, who set that previously unbroken time back in 2006.

In one of the hardest to call Eclipse finals in living memory, with all six dogs trading at shorter than 7.50 before the off, Sawpit Sensation saved the break of his life for the best possible as he rocketed out of the six box. Not known for his early pace, the wide-runner hit the front at the first bend and there was no stopping him from there. Lister’s Taylors Sky chased in vein but could never get near to a dog that is known for his strong staying power. It was no surprise to see that the track record had been broken as he pulled two and a quarter lengths clear of the 2011 Derby champion. Farloe Tango stayed on far too late in the day and came third.

“We so lucky to have him,” a jubilant Hunt told Sky Sports.

“The plan was to come out of the boxes, and the draw was the key, it gives him the option of breaking better from wide.”

Meanwhile, on a star-studded card at Nottingham, Colin Callow looks to have a nice pup on his hands for next season as Longwood Warrior made all to great effect in the opener. Callow was out of luck in the Gents race as Romeo Recruit nailed long-time leader Longwood Fantasy on the line, and Callow’s big night double.

Julie Calvert's Jumeirah Dubai, Paul Sallis's Bold Three, Pete Harnden's Salacres Sparky and Barrie Draper's Ballymac Floreck were the other winners on an entertaining night.

Lewis Jones

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