Aug 23, 2013 -- 7:07AM, Figgis wrote:
Sandown, while other elements are relevant, for me the ultimate evidence is in the results, but as I said each to their own. It's all about opinions and all that but I don't follow some of your reasoning. After the POW you said Al Kazeem was a worthy Gp1 winner and up to standard, I thought he was a bit below. It could be argued you were more right than me as he went on to win another. You say he's a better horse on easier ground. How much would you estimate? If we're going to say a horse would be better than I think even a conservative estimate of better would be, say, 2lbs, anything less would be negligible. You also say he's better at 12f, which applying the same criteria would equal another 2lb. However, you say you don't believe he's up to Arc standard, a race over 12f often run on easier ground. Taking out exceptional winners like Sea The Stars, how much better would he have to be to be Arc standard?
You boys are putting up interesting arguments, at the moment I have him as my Arc winner for the reason Sandown gave (then went back on) double figure odds would look very nice on the day, when you consider the 3yr old crop don't look good enough. Novellist is the main threat to him