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Persian Punch Statue At Newmarket
Wednesday Odd Spot: A life-size bronze statue of Persian Punch (the "most popular British Flat horse of the modern era" who died last year) will be unveiled in a special ceremony at Newmarket's Rowley Mile Racecourse before racing on Champions' Day (Saturday October 15). Persian Punch (who finished 3rd in the 1999 Gr1 Melbourne Cup & then 3rd in the 2002 Melbourne Cup) won more races at Newmarket than at any other venue. The statue (crafted by one of the world's greatest equine sculptors Philip Blacker) weighs 3/4 of a ton, features a galloping Persian Punch & will be placed near the old winners' enclosure where he enjoyed his final moment of glory after capturing his 3rd Jockey Club Cup on Champions' Day 2 years ago.