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My first impression, since it was the last fence in both races, was that he became over-anxious not to lose gound before the fence and thereby forfeited the spatial awareness and judgment shown by his rivals, who nevertheless lacked his raw speed.
Not that I want him to win, or for that matter, injure himself and/or get badly demoralised.
<br>I wondered, therefore, if Ruby kept him closer to the lead, obviating the need for his final burst Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â until after the last, i.e. starting from a little way behind on the run-in, might be the answer.
On the other hand, L’Ami sure wasn’t stopping, so there’s certainly a risk – though the final hill at Chelters would help.
Who knows, maybe he stays well enough to lead from the front!
(Edited by Grimes at 11:07 pm on Feb. 13, 2007)