Feb 16, 2019 -- 10:05AM, Giddy wrote:
I would be tempted to drop him back to 2 mile to take on Altior
That won’t be happening...got taken off his feet in a handicap at the track. A bit like Frodon this sort of distance looks perfect for him at the moment. Could be a King George horse or Gold Cup horse next year....
Feb 16, 2019 -- 10:05AM, wondersobright wrote:
hughes in particular hideously out of his ground & out of his depth
Agreed. STD and his mount not in tune one bit either. He’s getting worse.....won on Al Dancer but that was a steering job.
Feb 16, 2019 -- 4:58PM, Somerset Sam wrote:
Could quite easily get an RPR in the low to mid 180s for today's performance. Along the lines of Bristol De Mai when he apparently ran to 182 in the 2017 Betfair Chase, Im quite sure it's more a case of horses for courses, the race being run to suit him best and relevant excuses for the opposition, as opposed to him suddenly ranking in the upper echelons of equine greats.How else can you explain the sudden improvement in the horse. Is it PFNs magic wind ops or carrots?! To put it into some perspective the best RPRs of some recent greats:Denman 184 Best Mate 178Kauto Star 191Master Minded 186
Cyrname given an RPR of 181 for yesterdays performance which at face value is fair enough.
But in addition to the list of horses I already provided, the 181 rating is only 2lb from Altior's best ever run.
Suddenly after 10 runs over fences and 16 races in total, this horse is running nearly 20lb better than its previous best run? Im thinking more and more its down to having a serious liking for the course and distance more than any other factor. Like Britsol De Mai at Haydock. If the horse can run to that mark consistently elsewhere, then Nicholls has just found his next good un.