Feb 6, 2019 -- 1:06PM, irishone wrote:
I'll give you twenty that flop when they go back !30 runners in the bumper26/28 Cheltenham festival races per yearEven if the first three came back and won each year you would have 25+ that didnt
When was the last time there were 30 runners in the Bumper?!
It's all about opinions but I firmly believe that young horses who run / win the festival Bumper rarely develop into top notch G1 performers. Since 1992, only 2 winners of the Champion Hurdle, Gold Cup, Stayers Hurdle or Champion Chase had previously ran in the Bumper. Surely you can concede that you'd expect that figure to be higher?
Is that down to the stresses of the race at such an early stage of their career? Perhaps
Would they have been the same animal regardless? Perhaps.
On this occasion I'm inclined to side with Gigginstown. If that helps me rule out the sexier types year on year then I'm happy to go with it. You have your opinions, I'll have mine.
Feb 6, 2019 -- 4:45PM, duffy wrote:
Cue CardOn His OwnCinders and AshesFelix YongerThe New OneJezkiMany CloudsSizing TennesseeBlack HerculesKillultagh VicDefinitely RedYanworth SupasundaeBellshillBacardy'sAugusta KateThat's just the last 10 years of Bumper "also rans"If someone gave me that lot I'd take it.
I can play this game too. You take your list and I'll have all of Gigginstown and
to name but a few. And if you want to go further back I'll have Arkle, One Man and Dessie too!
Its all about opinions.