Nijinsky, the race-horse said by many to be the finest flat-racer of our time, lost his unbeaten record on Sunday (4 October), when he came second in the Longchamps Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe to the French three year-old Sassafras.
SCU Number Nine-Nijinsky parading
SV Number II-Stintino followed by number 12-Sassafras.
SV Horses parading ( 2 shots )
GV Crowds in Grandstand
GV Start of Race
TV Horses into straight
LV Number 12 takes the lead from Nijinsky 7 wins.
LV Result Board
SV Winner led in ( 2 shots )
SV People wave
CU Winner with owner
Initials CM/AW/CO/2.15 CM/AW/CO/2.33
SPORT: HORSE RACING
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Background: Nijinsky, the race-horse said by many to be the finest flat-racer of our time, lost his unbeaten record on Sunday (4 October), when he came second in the Longchamps Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe to the French three year-old Sassafras.
Nijinsky, winner of four classic races, was beaten in photo-finish - his first defeat in 12 races. France horses Miss Dan and Gyr were third and fourth respectively in the field of 15 runners.
Nijinsky is a Canadian three-year-old, owned by American Mr. Charles Engelhard and trained in ireland. Longchamps was packed to see him run the richest French race of the season.
Before his Longchamps defeat, Nijinsky pulled off remarkable triple in Britain, not previously achieved since 1935, when he won the 2000 Guineas, the Epsom Derby, and the Doncaster St. Leger.
SYNOPSIS: The stands were full at Longchamps on Sunday to see one of the greatest flat-racers of our time- Canadian three-year-old Nijinsky, number nine, battling for the biggest prize in French racing, the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe.
Two fancied horses' in the race are Stintino number II, and Sassafras number 12, but neither s thought to have much of a chance against American-owned Nijinsky. He has won all eleven of his races so far.
From the start it is a close race, which anyone could win....But Nijinsky is well up and most people's favourite....
Then Sassafras takes the lead from Nijinsky in the straight, and holds off his challenge to win, in a photo-finish.
So Mr. Arpad Plesch's Sassafras has the distinction of beating Nijinsky fori the first time. It was a narrow victory, but a fine one proving there are no "certainties" in racing.