I know. I was trying to be positive about it, but then my cat decided to alert me to the fact that she wasn't feeling well and was intending to redecorate my floor. I ended up typing whatever and then got distracted.
Not sure about letting them throw someone, but it does help boost their morale and confidence to think they're doing what they want to do. Best way to train anything if you ask me. :)
It's so easy for some ppl to underestimate how incredibly difficult it is to get a 1000+ lb horse to do what it doesn't want to do.
Yeah, I don't think the ground really means much in this race -- those who were expected to run well did. Although Vadamos came in 4th, he led most of the way, so I think he did great.
I did hear that Dariyan hates Chantilly, so I was going into the race expecting anything as far as he was concerned - I don't think it mattered that much at all.
Sounds like it should be a nicely competitive renewal.
I think I remember Wesley Ward's Create A Dream was set for her first run in the UK this earlier year when she got away and bolted off to a cozy corner of the course to munch on clover. I don't think she broke through the gate, but it did cause a delay. They let her munch on the grass and just scratched her before returning her to her stall. On her next out she won.
Not that I think it's remotely the same thing, but the way the whole situation was handled was very nice. She looked pretty pleased with herself when they finally led her back to the stables.
That's disappointing because it looks like he'd get the Arc distance quite well.
It was -- he not only won by 10 lengths on heavy ground, but he adapted very well to the running style. I think surely off the evidence of that win, they'll want to end his year with the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. This has to be the most impressive win of the year for me.
Won the G1 Prix d'Ispahan by 10 lengths to G1 Prix Ganay winner Dariyan! Next stop - Ascot! :D
Wow! A mind-blowingly dominant win in the G1 Prix d'Ispahan! Soft ground does not bother him at all -- this was a *very* impressive win.
The Prix d'Ispahan has started. The ground is still heavy, and at least half of the runners would prefer firmer ground. This is going to be a tough race.
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