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Arkle; was he that good?

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    Mounty
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    Did they have milkshakes in Arkle’s day? If so, what were drug testing procedures like? ;)

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    SirHarryLewis
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    Quote: from Mounty on 9:07 pm on Dec. 13, 2006[br]Did they have milkshakes in Arkle’s day? If so, what were drug testing procedures like? ;) [/quote

    Probably not good but go faster juice for horses has argueably never really existed despite a list of prohibited substances existing.

    SHL

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    Ted
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    Thisthatandtother would have murdered Arkle, Brigadier Gerard wouldn’t have seen which way Dubai Millenium went, and Sir Percy would be far too classy for Nijinsky.<br>That’s what I think, and I’m not alone either.<br>I asked Father Christmas and the tooth fairy what they thought, and they both agree with me.

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    Aragorn
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    Um, Thisthatandtother, I think he’d need the fairy godmother’s wings.

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    Zorro
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    Ted is quite right. i was assured of this by Jeffrey Archer.:biggrin:

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    ToneLoc
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    Arkle didn’t exist.

    It’s what those bureaucrats up at City Hall want you to believe.

    :cool:

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    Ardross
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    Quote: from The Market Man on 6:32 pm on Dec. 11, 2006[br]I’d back Dessie over a flat right handed three miles.

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    Not if you watch the 1965 KG you wouldn’t. Dunkirk the brilliant two mile chaser who sadly died in the race was reeled in by Arkle before he fell as if he were a plater .

    I was surprised to read that Arkle did not have brilliant acceleration in a post above – that is not what accounts of the Gallaher Gold Cup or that amazing Whitbread film when off 12-7 he seems to rocket round Sandown’s hoem turn – lead you to believe.

    (Edited by Ardross at 12:21 am on Dec. 18, 2006)

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    Zorro
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    Agree Ardross. His acceleration was amazing. No horse before or since…<br>How could anyone say that? Maybe they were thinking of Mill House?

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    cormack15
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    Don’t racetime comparisons suggest whether the horses of old would be up to competing with today’s lot?

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    clivex
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    No

    Because at that time they were still using sundials which were notoriously inaccurate. Especially on foggy days…

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    Grimes
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    As Peter O’Sulivan said today on one of the racing channels, in answer to this question, he was a freak; yhey had to rewrite the handicapping rules simply to accomodate him in the big handicaps. Sundials notwithstanding…!

    Not that his monster weightcarrying ever stopped him – as far as I know. But the mere fact of the re-jigging of the handicapping rules for his benefit/detriment says it all, doesn’t it?

    (Edited by Grimes at 11:08 pm on Dec. 19, 2006)

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