I saw this race and was genuinely upset about this (not the result, but the decisions and STM's injury) - I actually didn't really expect them to run Sea The Moon in this without a prep race. Prep race didn't happen so I assumed they'd choose to target something else at the last minute. Then I found out they didn't and I have to say I was really disgusted.
There was information flying around before the race that Sea The Moon wasn't fit. There'd been murmur of "problems" found not long after the Derby win. So... problems, 2 months between races, information cautioning that the horse wasn't fit. Oh, and another new jockey! I don't have anything against Cristian Demuro, but he isn't who I'd have picked for the ride, tbh.
They solved the problem of Sea The Moon's travelling across the track, but they continued to take him to the front and race him hard at the front from not far out from the start. I wish they wouldn't do this kind of thing - it's fine against his own age group, but against older horses with more experience and development and in this situation... it's a horrible move. I still don't get why they didn't hold him up for once -- or better yet, start him in a lesser race since he wasn't fit and they knew about it.
Why should I be surprised when the colt comes out of the race worse than it went in after that? It was a very well-deserved win for Ivanhowe. Bad decision-making by everyone involved with STM, though, IMO. I just hope he'll be able to make his mark next year, and that this won't permanently hobble him, but who knows. It's disappointing all the same.
Btw: I didn't comment earlier because my computer had been in the shop to be fixed since well before the race and I refuse to comment using my tablet because it's really annoying. And I was also very upset about the handling of the horse, too, and really didn't feel up to commenting on it until now.
There was quite a lot going on with this race - even before it. Ivanhowe needs to be run at his pace, preferrably kept to the back to move up at around the 3 furlong mark, contesting the 3rd or 2nd places by the 2nd furlong, then kicking away completely in the final. *That's* how he should be run. He wasn't raced like that at all in the Grand Prix de Chantilly and he was too keen, so his result there makes him appear deceptively weak when he isn't. He's lightly raced so I'm honestly not sure quite how good he is, but I do think he's quality. I'd honestly love to see him race outside of Germany a lot more often as he's one of the few I'd pick to be up to the task to raid select graded races in the UK and France.
Ivanhowe likes firm-ish to good ground with a little bit of cut in it to get a toe in. He does okay on soft, but I do think anything more than that is when he won't be at his very best.
If Ivanhowe does go to the Arc I'd love to see the ride given to Filip Minarik or Adrie de Vries if possible. Give him a rider that knows him and gets him -- please no Gerald Mosse, kthx.
I much prefer rewarding a jockey and horse for showing grit and determination in the face of overwhelming odds rather than rewarding overconfidence to the point of arrogance. Maybe next time Joseph learn from this mistake and will give the horse a more suitable run rather than putting it through that. Give it the ride it deserves next time!
Good to see he's back. I've missed seeing him around.
Yes! Glad to see Fiesolana nab that elusive G1! She has such a solid performance record overall - not unlike Thistle Bird. Love her~
Yes, we all saw how poorly thought out another of Joseph's rides was. I'm not surprised considering how highly they seemed to think of Australia -- they must've thought even 5 - 6 wide we still have it in the bag. Well, jockeys make really poor decisions for all sorts of reasons all the time and the horse either wins or loses - Australia lost. I honestly thought they were being cautious with him, but I guess they love to prove me wrong each time I begin to think they might be doing something good.
I'm glad The Grey Gatsby won, too.
Doesn't sound like much has happened, then.
Maybe they're hoping he'll get a 2nd or 3rd? I dunno - I'm surprised Coolmore haven't given up the rest of their shares of him to Al Shaqab yet (unless they have and I just didn't notice because I really don't pay attention to ROTW much at all, heh). They've scuppered his chances so many times by being overambitious with the races they put him in instead of giving in and starting him in a GIII where he'll probably get a better chance at a win and going from there. You can only imagine they're doing it to get him a second GI win for his breeding CV.
I'm a little surprised they didn't try to send him to America, tbh. I think it'd be a better idea to try to fit one or two of the American turf GIs in his schedule and if he wins one, maybe have him go to stud duty in the U.S. I think that'd be a better long-term plan for him anyways because I can't see him being very popular in Europe with what all he'll be up against.
I agree. I think they overestimated their filly - she's not a machine. Unfortunately, the owner has been calling the shots with this one and you can tell it's not what John Gosden wanted.
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