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Salselon sums it up for me but just a few stats:
We’ve had 134 runners from Britain so far – with two meetings to go so plenty of familiar horses.
Presuming that we won’t get any divisions on March 8th then the Carnival will have included 48 turf races and 26 dirt races.
As regards characterless I can’t understand this when we’ve had all the leading European based jockeys – Frankie Dettori, Ryan Moore, Jamie Spencer, Michael Kinane, Johnny Murtagh Christophe Lemaire, Christophe Soumillon etc riding there. You then have to factor in the international stars such as Weichong Marwing, Kevin Shea, Kerrin McEvoy etc.
Many of the races have been handicaps but they have been very valuable and with small weight ranges which have made them very competitive.
Trainers can’t afford to take it easy. If they do then their horses ratings will drop and they’ll fail to get a run.
All this makes for a great spectacle for me and at a time when I can get to watch most of it!