March 20, 2007 at 20:12 #1205DannyMember
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STRONG FLOW, winner of the 2003 Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup as a novice and whose career was presumed ended by injury, could return to the big-race scene in next month’s Betfred Gold Cup after completing ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œa remarkable recoveryÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚ÂMarch 20, 2007 at 20:24 #48114
That’s great to hear. I always like it when injured horses come back.
I just hope he’s learned to jump…March 20, 2007 at 22:15 #48115MullyMember
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What was wrong with his jumping?March 20, 2007 at 22:38 #48116FlatSeasonLoverMember
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Danny sorry to be picky but could you give us a source for this please?March 20, 2007 at 23:16 #48117
Quote: from Mully on 11:15 pm on Mar. 20, 2007[br]What was wrong with his jumping?<br>
Every time I watched him (admittedly the Hennessey and the Feltham are the two that stick strongly in my mind), he didn’t jump a twig. It was the reason I didn’t think he’d win the GC that year.March 20, 2007 at 23:35 #48118
He was a pretty good jumper in the main, see his Aon run behind Farmer Jack when he jumped impeccably. However like you know who, he had the tendency to clout one or 2 on the way round.March 21, 2007 at 10:38 #48119racinggirlukMember
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Sad to say this is true, the story is on the RP website…he is with Dessie Hughes in Ireland….
Guess the owner does not want him to have a lovely retirement….poor horse has been to hell and back, last thing he wants is a death in public….March 21, 2007 at 11:42 #48120
You are talking absolute rubbish.March 21, 2007 at 11:51 #48121LetsGetRacingMember
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Talk about over dramatising, racinggirluk.
On what basis is such a ridiculous comment made?March 21, 2007 at 11:53 #48122DannyMember
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FSL – The story is off the Racing Post website.
Strong Flows jumping isn’t as bad as being made out he won a henessy, won the Feltham and was 6th in a gold cup if his jumping was that bad he would have fell in these races he might have hit a few fences but Kauto Star hits fences. I don’t see how it’s a bad thing taking a quality horse out of retirement if it’s injury free.March 21, 2007 at 12:59 #48124racinggirlukMember
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Sorry for putting the welfare of this horse first…..he has had a serious leg injury and PN is no mug! If he wanted to retire this horse there must be a reason behind it…..
But everyone is entitled to there own opinion….I dont jump down your throats for making judgemental comments….so back off…but then you all seem to know better!March 21, 2007 at 13:01 #48125
Let’s just hope he is injury-free. If he’s not 100% fine, his habitual clattering of a couple of fences in his races could do him some serious damage.
But please don’t get me wrong, I wish him and connections (but mostly him) all the best for his return.March 21, 2007 at 13:28 #48126LingfieldMember
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Apparently the plan is to initially race him in a point to point or hunter chase which will confirm wellbeing and give some indication as to how much ability remains.<br>Is this the same owner who used to have other horses like useful two mile chaser Armaturk in training with Nicholls? In which case I thought he’d sold them all as the equine deaths and injuries in NH racing were distressing to him and his family? Hardly the actions of a man who doesn’t care about his horses.
(Edited by Lingfield at 2:29 pm on Mar. 21, 2007)March 21, 2007 at 13:29 #48127roryParticipant
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While Racinggirl’s comments are dramatic and possibly libellous to Barry Marshall, I do share her concerns; how anyone can tell what degree of recovery he has made is hard to gauge since he has only been back in training for a few weeks, during which time he has surely been doing very light work (unless he has undergone pre training elsewhere, but this hasn’t been mentioned). I would say that the chances of him breaking down must be quite high given his history. The fact that he was young enough to have a total break and come back for a career in PTPs but was retired instead suggests strongly that connections were virtually certain that he wouldn’t stand the rigours of training. Of course he was likely to make a satistactory enough recovery for a life away from the racetrack, but that doesn’t mean he is sound enough to race at the highest level.March 21, 2007 at 13:44 #48128
This story first broke around Christmas time that he was with Dessie Hughes so that would indicate how long pre-training he has had.
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