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The stage at Sandown is set today for the 99th running of one of the oldest all-aged championships in the calendar, named after one of the Titans of the Turf. The Eclipse Stakes brings the best of the middle- distance generations together for the first time in Britain during the season, and if today's race may lack the absolute quality of some previous renewals - notably the 1903 running, when four-year-old Ard Patrick, the previous year's Derby hero, beat his contemporary Sceptre, who had taken the other four Classics, with the three-year-old Rock Sand, who went on to complete the Triple Crown, back in third - it remains a fascinating contest.

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Cigar to blaze a trail for Sheikh's playground

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Cigar on a slow burn

CIGAR, the American-trained favourite for this week's Dubai World Cup, has his first full workout on the Nad Al Sheba racecourse tonight, just days before Wednesday evening's $4m desert showpiece. The five-year- old's trainer, Bill Mott, arrived on Friday in time to conduct his first session with the horse yesterday morning, but unseasonal weather in the Gulf put a halt to any serious action on the rain-soaked track.

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Cigar on the mend

Cigar, who is making excellent progress after bruising a foot last month, is on course for the Dubai World Cup on 27 March.

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Cigar's heat subsides to allow training

Cigar's trainer, Bill Mott, believes that America's Horse of 1995 will be able to resume training tomorrow after bruising his off-fore foot in Florida last week.

Bailey steers Cigar to 13th consecutive victory

Cigar extended his winning sequence to 13 with a comfortable win in the Grade One Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park, Florida, on Saturday. The topweight, making his first appearance of 1996, settled in third place behind Flying Chevron and Star Standard before rider Jerry Bailey made his move entering the turn for home.

Cigar smoulders in build up to Dubai treasure hunt

Cigar, unbeaten in 10 races last year and the hot favourite for next month's Dubai World Cup, reappears at Gulfstream Park, Florida, today.
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