A Coral-Eclipse shock! Motivator has no answer to ORATORIO in front of a sell-out Sandown in 2005

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Motivator was sent off long odds-on to follow-up his clear-cut Epsom Derby success but the colt had no answer to Oratorio and Kieren Fallon.

As the winner had trailed in 25 lengths behind Motivator in the Derby and failed to sparkle when fitted with a visor in the St James’s Palace Stakes, most of the 18,000 crowd were left searching for excuses for the 2-5 market leader.

Motivator sprang out of the stalls and was soon ahead before Hazyview took over to give the favourite and Johnny Murtagh a good lead with Fallon already scrubbing along on 12-1 shot Oratorio.

Everything was going the way most expected as Murtagh eased Motivator to the front approaching the final furlong. But when the jockey asked for more with 100 yards to run, the petrol gauge was on empty and it was Oratorio who found the extra reserves to edge past by half a length, with the Italian challenger Altieri keeping on for third, two-and-a-half lengths away.

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