Shergar’s old pal Cliff Lines bows out after 70 years with ‘fairytale’ victory as Catapult holds on at Lingfield

  • Cliff Lines enjoyed an emotional end to 70-year career in racing on Wednesday
  • Catapult, his final runner as trainer, won at Lingfield by three-quarters of a length
  • The 4-1 joint favourite broke from his wide draw and made all the running 

Marcus Townend for the Daily Mail

Cliff Lines, work rider to the legendary Shergar, enjoyed an emotional end to his 70-year career in racing when Catapult, his final runner as a trainer, won at Lingfield on Wednesday.

The 4-1 joint favourite broke from his wide draw and made all the running under Hollie Doyle before holding off Global Goddess by three-quarters of a length.

A tearful Lines, 84 next month, said: ‘I can’t believe how quickly he came out of the stalls. I thought it was a false start. He was like a greyhound. That won him the race. It’s a fairytale ending. We can have champagne tonight!’ 

Catapult claimed an emotional victory in the maiden handicap under jockey Hollie Doyle

Catapult claimed an emotional victory in the maiden handicap under jockey Hollie Doyle

Lines, who worked for the iconic trainers Dick Hern, Sir Noel Murless and Sir Michael Stoute, was associated with a clutch of outstanding horses including 1962 St Leger winner Hethersett. But he is best remembered as the man who rode Shergar, 10-length winner of the Derby in 1981, on the gallops.

Reflecting on his career, Lines added: ‘It’s been terrific. I wouldn’t have changed it for anything.’ 

Trainer Cliff Lines bowed out after 70 years in racing with a winner at Lingfield on Wednesday

Trainer Cliff Lines bowed out after 70 years in racing with a winner at Lingfield on Wednesday

Trainer Cliff Lines bowed out after 70 years in racing with a winner at Lingfield on Wednesday

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