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12/1 is too good to be true. Hughes can’t even win in 2- or 3-runner fields at a northern track.
Johnson on the other hand will get loads of good horses from the Hobbs stable, which will thrive from March onwards.
May he rest in peace. A very useful stayer and one of the superstars of the 90s.
At least he lived a happy and long life.
Apparently he is “bucking and squealing” and ready to run again this season. Though far from certain to return, at least he seems to be 100% fit.
This is what always annoys me: a horse with a Flat rating of 53, that ran once over hurdles and was beaten over 20 lengths at a very minor track, from a stable that is (according to the RP) almost 6,000 days without a winner over jumps (though form only 29 runners in that period of time) runs in a G2 over hurdles and is well behind at the time of it’s fatal fall.
I’m sure connections will be – as usual – very devastated, but this isn’t good for the horse nor for the sport. There was no reason to try him in this sort of race.
Rest in peace Royal Dancer…..
I remember Romain De Senam traveling very well in the race, until he started to weaken from three out.
40/1 EW is very tempting, but he doesn’t seem the type to win first time out.February 22, 2020 at 10:37 in reply to: Probably the most informative non-triers race of the season #1483582
Yes, when you used to have both hands on the hand-brakes.
May he rest in peace. I just finished school when he was in his prime….. Seems like yesterday.February 21, 2020 at 20:33 in reply to: Probably the most informative non-triers race of the season #1483517
The funny thing about the Pertemps Final is that it has changed a bit over the last four years. All renewals were won by Irish raiders and three of had staying chasers written all over them. Especially Delta Work, Mall Dini and Absenting (like some of you like to call him) Percy.
But, the Pertemps Qualifiers are simply a joke, if you have to figure out who might be trying and who not.
Nice one Simon, thanks for sharing.
You’re right about him being better suited by going right-handed.
But, frankly I believe that 2m4f would be his optimum trip. Though, looking back at this years’ Tingle Creek, you’ll find a lot twoandahalf milers filling out the first five places.
Defi, WP, Janika, Politologue.
Why not targeting him at the Tingle Creek?
As Ginge pointed out there aren’t many spring targets for this horse. He is a genuine winter horse who needs proper ‘ winter’ ground. Aiming him at both Ascot G1 chases (1965 Chase and the BF Chase) besides the KG is the only logical approach.
His first win of the season clearly left it’s marks, but it would be interesting to see how he’ll perform next year at this same venue and maybe at other tracks as well. I’m thinking of Haydock right now.
If Nichols thinks that he might be a 3 mile horse, why not go for the BF Chase 1st time out. True, the going at Haydock is mostly on the soft side, but why not giving the BF-KG-route a go?
With all the euphoria about Cyrname getting up [of course, I,too, was euphoric and in floods of tears at the time so I’m not knocking it] her demise was largely overlooked albeit with ITV telling us of her death and offering their condolences [they’re very good at that and I take my hat off to them for it]
I seriously think that she deserved exactly they same coverage Cyrname got. Why should she get less? Because of an inferior rating? Because of being a mare? Because she suffered more after she fell (or hopefully not)?
Not even Traffic Fluide got as much coverage as Cyrname did. His fall was at least as heartbreaking as Cyrnames’ and the jockey didn’t have the option of pulling him up, since he was still full of running.
Cobden had a few choices once he was headed and he also had the choice of sticking with the horse after it fell. I saw a picture of him in tabloid newspaper which showed Harry rushing to the dressing room. Can’t tell you, if it was shot before the horse got up or maybe after. But, you would like to have the jockey staying with the horse till the end. It wasn’t the groom riding the horse…..
Anyway, rest in peace Alsa Mix
I believe you, Jac and I guess anyone connected to him feels the same. It’s even sadder to recall that he was a non-runner exactly to weeks ago due to an injury picked up in the parade ring. Too bad, he recovered from that so well that they’ve decided to race him again.
Both falls concerned me a lot more than their future ratings. Strange that Cobden didn’t pull him up, after the 50/1 flew past him. I mean there must be more races left in the horse than a third place today.
About his rating, well the crazy handicapper might rise him a pound or two for being foot perfect at the ditches. You never know…..
I reckon both up on their feet. That’s great news.
Hope you’re not talking about their ratings????