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"Best Mate was the far better horse with a 3-1 head-to-head record. The only time BoS came out on top was when BM had the virus"
Best Mate was beaten by the ground but in my opinion did extraordinarily well to finish as close as he did and as a side order, who had the virus the year BM won the Lexus. BM wasnt the same horse on soft ground was he? Yet he was a very very good horse who also got knocked in the same way that BOS did.
<br>Reet, your comments about championship pace as you term it are all very fine but top class chasing has also been traditionally about slogging it out. In your world the best horse is the one that can go from a to b quickest on good ground but this is a naive view of racing.
IF he is a "boat", then he should be easy to beat under soft ground conditions and the overwhelming evidence is that he is very difficult to beat. Therefore genuine grade 1,…
At the end of the day of course, you did say and presume you are standing over the fact that he only won uncompetitive races. In other words he beat nothing on the day, every day he won so if thats the way you see it, thats fine. Still an extraordinary conclusion…..you must have cleaned up in the ring.