It's good that he's sound. He'll still have plenty of nice races to pick from later in the year, so I'm not too bummed out. Just a little longer wait 'til we see him again.
It's good to know that he's being considered for the Derby. I was a Rumplestiltskin fan, so it's a delight to watch her foals run. It'd be more fun if they switched up who they bred her to once in a while, though. I get kind of tired of seeing the same mares bred repeatedly to Galileo.
I misread what you posted before and thought you meant only those two mentioned would be going for it. On a second reading I realised my mistake. :) I'd love to see Sunset Glow in the 1000 Guineas. Always love to see American fillies sent over to the UK to race.
Coolmore owns the vast majority of the horses he trains, so he has loads of talented horses to choose from. I'd like to see him with a horse his family owns for once, though. Just for a change of pace, haha.
Thanks for letting me know. :) I think JFK has enough talent to be in at least one of those two races so I was surprised to see no mention of him in the article I read in the Racing Post. Ol' Man River, too.
It's not certain, but those of us who've seen him race in Europe are, of course, inclined to believe such a possibility. I haven't heard anything about an injury or illness, but he might not have adapted well to Meydan. Still... I'm more inclined to believe that's just how he is. It fits closer to how I rate him even with his form in the U.S. -- none of the horses he raced against in Meydan are absolutely terrible, but True Story was closer in ability to some of the horses he raced well against in Europe. Sadly, because I love True Story; I just don't believe True Story has a lot of talent as a race horse.
Ahh, looks like I misread. He also said he hasn't ruled out Sir Isaac Newton and Ol' Man River for the 2000 Guineas/Derby, whichever he picks. No mention of JFK. And apparently Found had a temperature, so wasn't able to be properly worked, but apparently she and Together Forever are still being considered for the 1000 Guineas.
Nice. But only two?
Agreed. I do tend to think without -- perhaps because I saw all his European runs and now we have the benefit of hindsight. He ran against a lot of weak horses that went on to do nothing, but when he went on to try a better level of competition, he always fell short. Then he goes to the U.S. and suddenly his form improves - which I thought was possibly him liking the flat tracks over there, but with his abysmal performance in Meydan I think it isn't that.
Flintshire traveled to Epsom prior to the Breeder's Cup and he went on to travel to Sha Tin and now Meydan. In fact, he's been pretty consistent in his international races and has always done well.
There's all sorts of other things you probably could've said that'd explain the two vastly different results in Meydan and Santa Anita, but traveling really doesn't strike me as believable when used in regards to Flintshire. :/
I also agree that Chrome shouldn't be sent to Ascot. Winning on turf in the U.S. is one thing, but Ascot's a completely different animal.
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