I think that something must be wrong with Goshen. He was on the verge of being one of the easiest ever winners of the Triumph before his last hurdle calamity.
Since then he has run abysmally in 2 runs on the flat. Then today , finishing out with the washing.
Now I know that a number of hurdles were missed out today ,and he didn’t help himself by pulling too hard. However the performance was troubling , especially following him missing 2 earlier engagements.
I don’t know if it’s my eyes deceiving me but he seems to be hanging right , and perhaps something is troubling him ?
Doesn’t appear to be the same horse pre Triumph Hurdle. I know they said pre race you can’t take the face value of his flat races, but even they weren’t great, and not what I was expecting. There was talk earlier in the year of the Ebor, etc
However, I was still looking forward to seeing his first run over hurdles this season – and if he was the horse we saw last winter.
An early conclusion after three disappointing efforts, is something ain’t right.
That raises a few questions. If they haven’t been happy with Goshen for 6 months+ and he has now run three below par races on the trot, why has the problem only just been diagnosed by a racecourse vet?
All very strange though, I can’t work it out. As mentioned in other threads, the Moore stable are usually quite polarised in the market – you can tell mid-morning what is expected. And yet no price was short enough in a competitive Cheltenham race for Goshen yesterday – BSP 2.74.