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Trackside, not sure I understand your point? The most impressive thing about BJK last year was his ability to travel and quicken on the bridle with utmost ease. I think 2 1/2 miles is probably his optimum. I also think firstly, they didn’t want him getting beat last year and secondly wanted to make sure he won at the festival. Not sure if Mrs Smith had ever had a festival winner before.

Two of the best hurdlers of the last ten years both won sun alliance hurdles (Istabraq and Hardy Eustace) before winning the champion, I just think (and it’s only my opinion) that they should have taken in the sun alliance and then given him a go over 2 miles…