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The juggling of the fixture list, because of the coronavirus pandemic, led to several events unlikely to ever happen again.
For instance, Santiago won the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot and then, just eight days later, scooped the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at The Curragh – the Classic taking place about a month before its traditional slot when most races were being run later than usual.
There was some talk of Santiago attempting an audacious treble in the Investec Derby at Epsom, only a week later, but instead he was allowed to catch his breath and was instead aimed at the Qatar Goodwood Cup over 2m.
In receipt of 15lb, many believed he would be able to prevent Stradivarius winning the race for a record fourth time but the task proved beyond him in a muddling renewal and he had to settle for third.
Nevertheless, he still went off 5/2 favourite for the Pertemps St Leger under Frankie Dettori at Doncaster on his final start of the year.
The Authorized colt travelled strongly into contention but was unable to produce extra in the closing stages and had to settle for a close fourth.
It will be fascinating to see how he campaigned in 2021. Middle distances or Cup races? Whatever, it seems unlikely he will again be asked to run in two races in eight days.