A single word can describe this man, Genius!! Sir Henry Cecil is responsible for giving us some of the all-time great thorougbreds. He's trained a bunch of great horses over the years for Juddmonte owner Prince Khalid Abdullah. His passing very much signals the end of an era.
I think you're spot on there ILTR. George Vancouver's only had fast ground 2 times so far and both times he ran excellent races. Beaten only 3/4 lengths by the unbeaten Reckless Abandon in the Prix Morny in Frrance the first time and an impressive winner of the BC Juvenile Turf the second time. I don't get Joseph O'Brien choosing Cristoforo Colombo over George Vancouver at all?
Here's a thought, how about suspending the horses and permanently barring the trainer who gave them the drugs.
YAWN!! This makes her 3rd straight G1 win since her close brush with Moonlight Cloud at Ascot last June that looked scarecly much more competitive than 3 straight claiming stakes wins. Once again, she beats Hay List and a bunch of the same ole same inferior horses in Australia that she's been beating up on for how long now? Allegedly the worlds top sprinter that save her Diamond Jubilee appearance last June manages to have that title by never appearing at any of the top international G1 sprints like the HK Sprint, Krysflyer, July Cup, Golden Shaheen, etc...The top turf sprinters we've seen over the past few years like Rocket Man, Sacred Kingdom, etc.. may have lost races, but at least they showed up for many of the top international G1 sprints and faced the best available competition in the sprint division at the time. The field Black Caviar faced in the Diamond Jubilee is by far the toughest field she's faced in her career, top to bottom. Sorry, but 1 win over a tough field of European sprinters and a dozen + wins over Hay List and the same bunch of obviously inferior horses in her own backyard over and over does not a legend make in my eyes. It must really be about quantity instead of quality with her connections and that's pretty sad.
@Northport, I think you're dead right about Richard's Kid. He's had 2 cracks at the Dubai World Cup, 2 cracks at the Al Maktoum Challenge Rd. 3, and 1 run each in the Al Maktoum Challenge Rd. 2 and Godolphin Mile at Meydan and had managed not better finish than his 4th in the 2012 Godolphin Mile in 2012. It's not a given that horses who run well on all-weather, polytrack, and other synthetic surfaces always run well on tapeta. Gitano Hernando is another case in point. He's never lost in his career on the all-weather at Lingfield, Wolverhampton, or at Dundalk in Ireland. He ven won the G1 Goodwood Stakes at Santa Anita on pro-ride. But he's always never managed to win one race on Meydan's tapeta surface. Just saying.
They should run this filly in the BC Classic against the boys instead of the Ladies Classic. Royal Delta's much better on dirt than a synthetic surface, which is what she faced males over in the Dubai World Cup.
Awesome Feather is such a mega-talented filly. I say forget the Ladies Classic and let her go after the boys in the Classic.
Cityscape will beat this field and beat them whole.
Acclamation will find out what facing real turf horses are like if he lines up in the BC Turf this year when the Euro's, and Point of Entry come calling. I don't think he could even beat Point of Entry.
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