Y'mean the 15 pound weight allowance the 3yo filly got as opposed to the 5yo and 4yos that got top weight that she was running against? There were two 3yo colts in the race too and they got a weight allowance that was only slightly smaller than Taghrooda's, yet neither of those colts made it into the top three and one of those was a previous winner at this distance on this very course. All Taghrooda's jockey had to do was shake the reigns in his hands to urge her on - no whip needed, nothing else. And she came from around the back. The weight allowance didn't hurt, but it certainly wasn't the cause of her win.
"Ridiculous notions to run fillies with the boys"? That's quite odd to hear as I see fillies racing against colts fairly regularly and even beating them quite a bit. Just yesterday the filly Taghrooda effortlessly blasted away a field of colts including Breeders Cup Turf winner Magician in the G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Haha, thanks. That cheered me right up after seeing some of the Racing Post comments following Lucky Lion's win. :)
Uhm...? I don't know, I've seen a lot of people knocking Sea The Moon and even Taghrooda whenever I've glanced at comments, so I don't delve too deeply there.
And I'm not sure what you mean about Noble Mission running in the Arc, but the way I see it is Lucky Lion's win helps suggest the German Derby field that Sea The Moon beat was not at all weak. I've thought highly of Lucky Lion since well before the German Derby, but I imagine most people won't know much about him, especially since I heard some people, and commentators in particular, suggest that the German Derby was probably a weak field. I've been saying for a while that I think the German Derby field was fairly strong, and I still stand by that.
Lucky Lion beat Noble Mission at what I think is Noble Mission's preferred distance - that's a great achievement, IMO, and I'd hope it would show that Lucky Lion is not just a "good" German runner. He's been improving for some time, but Sea The Moon still beat him with ease. I just simply can't agree with you on Sea The Moon, I'm afraid.
It does! :D This is why I backed Lucky Lion over Noble Mission.
Although for a while there I was sure Noble Mission would pull away and Lucky Lion wouldn't get going fast enough, but then Lucky Lion moved forward and together with Noble Mission they pulled well away from the rest of the field, neck and neck! Then Lucky Lion began to pull away and crossed the line first. It was so impressive how they both ran, I forgot to breathe until after they crossed the finish line.
I think this was the order they finished in, though I was only half paying attention after Lucky Lion crossed the line: 1st - Lucky Lion, 2nd - Noble Mission, 3rd - Calyxa, 4th - Magic Artist.
Thank you. :) I actually decided to focus on these two races instead of the G1 in Germany (which, admittedly, I was a bit scared to mention lest I jinx myself) based on how strongly I thought Growl could potentially win his race and Mississippi Queen's breeding.
I hoped it would be of interest to the mostly U.S. readers that visit this site to see a filly with some familliar names. I don't know if Mississippi Queen will win, but I thought her presence in the race was certainly intriguing.
Whoa! Lucky Lion who was 11 lengths behind Sea The Moon in the Deutsches Derby beats Noble Mission in the G1 Grosser Dallmayr-Preis-Bayerisches Zuchtrennen!
Won the Anders Foundation EBF Stallions Crocker Bulteel Maiden Stakes (Class 2) by 2 lengths to Auspicion!
Sweet! My tip for the first race, Growl, beat out Auspicion by 2 lengths at 10/1! :D
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