"A Classic Finish"
(Silver Patriarch and Benny the Dip
fight out the finish of the 1997 Derby)

"Derby Day in 1997 seemed to have recaptured its former atmosphere and 'buzz' - the weather and going were perfect and the race turned out to be as thrilling as any in its long history. The hot favourite Entrepreneur failed to reproduce his best form but the game and consistent Benny The Dip (on the right in the painting) made his move early in the straight and apparently had the rest of the field beaten. Suddenly, Silver Patriarch (on the left), who had been almost struggling to keep pace earlier, began a storming run. He seemed to eating up the ground and he may actually have headed Benny The Dip just before the line but Benny would not be denied and fought back to win by a short head.

Within minutes I had made my first drawing of that terrific finish and I particularly liked the idea of painting the moment that the silver grey horse and the nearly black one passed the post together."

This picture is available as follows:

Limited Edition Print
19 ins x 14 ins
48 cms x 35 cms
Greetings Card
Blank only
Size 'B'

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