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My contention, all along, is that the horse is incapable of winning a race run at a proper championship pace.<br>If you don’t accept that view, maybe some could accept the evidence shown by the clock?<br>To use an independent, and freely available, estimation, take a look at the RP speed figures.<br> It is reasonable to assume,(imo), that a s/f of 150 is within the compass of a good handicapper, whereas a s/f of , say 165, is only attainable by a genuine gd1 horse, and to win such a race constitutes genuine top class form<br>Five times has the horse been asked to race at more than a handicap pace, and on each occasion he has been found wanting; notably:<br>Btn 8l by The Listener, Leop. – s/f (weight adjusted) 162<br>Btn 17l by Kauto Star, Haydock – s/f (w.a.) 179.<br>Btn 1.5l by Kingscliffe, Haydock = s/f (w.a.) 170.<br>Btn 3.5l by Best Mate, Chelt. – s/f (w.a.) 179<br>Btn 13l by Best Mate, Leop. – s/f (w.a) 155.<br>Note: <br>Only 1 of the 5 races above was at Cheltenham.
He has never won a race at more than a handicapping pace.
In any of the above 5 races, he was never nearer than at the finish, which strongly suggests, that at a proper Championship pace, he is little more than a boat.
Tell me again how good he is?