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Ascot honours Bustino-Grundy epic

An empty weighing room at Ascot racecourse

Grundy's famous defeat of Bustino in the 1975 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes is the inaugural recipient of the Qipco King George Diamonds & Pearls award.

It is 40 years since the contest dubbed "the race of the century" and to mark the anniversary, Qipco and Ascot commissioned a three-minute film featuring original archive footage of the race together with newly-recorded interviews with Grundy's trainer Peter Walwyn and Bustino's jockey Joe Mercer.

At a celebration of the race at Kensington Roof Gardens, Walwyn was presented with a print celebrating Grundy's victory, featuring memorabilia and newspaper cuttings from the race.

The Qipco King George Diamonds & Pearls award will annually honour a vintage running of Ascot's midsummer showpiece.

Walwyn said: "I knew we were on the verge of greatness (with him) and it was the King George that brought the greatness out."

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Mercer said: "I feel very proud to be associated with that particular race because it was the race of the century."

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