Nov 23, 2013 -- 9:16AM, judorick wrote:
so happy can't wait for Makybe Diva to get home from workfantastic
This horse is now in the realms of greatness but of course you always knew this, well done
Nov 24, 2013 -- 6:26AM, judorick wrote:
as I was saying on another thread, when I was researching the King George George this time last year (and I posted this at the time) the thing that struck me was the similarity in Cue Card's racing career to other top notch staying chasers of recent times like Best Mate, Kicking King and now, in particular, Imperial CommanderI had already drawn the conclusion that Sprinter Sacre was an absolute monster (which I also stated many times) and had awarded him massive figures in both the Game Spirit (175 minimum) and Arkle (178). So, I knew Cue Card had a high level of ability already.Then, he comes out and bolts up by 26 lengths off 157 in the Haldon Gold Cup which made think 'wow, how good was that?'Anyway, I was looking at previous King George's looking for trends, studying profiles of previous winners when I had what I can only describe as a 'Eureka Moment' in my head, a vision of the future, lights flashing, sirens blaring woo woo woo woo, ner ner ner ner,ding ding ding ding ding, jackpot baby... Cue Card is the next great staying chaser!!Hard to describe but it's that feeling that wells up inside and you recognise it... yes! I have spotted greatness!Of course, often it all goes wrong and they don't turn out to be any good but this time it was right. He is an absolute top notcher. Watch the replay, JT did not administer the persuader once during the race and the moment he pulled up to talk to Alice Plunkett the horse was barely breathing and would have gone round again in my opinion. Amazingly there are people still doubting himAnyway, nice when a plan comes together
judo, if you look far enough above you'll see I congratulated you for your faith in CC and I said he's now in the 'realms of greatness'. To be really there he must win a true and traditional Championship race, ie Gold Cup, Champion Chase or Champion Hurdle. The likes of Champions Bumpers or Ryanairs don't cut it in this realm Im afraid. FWIW I firmly believe he will take all the beating in the Gold Cup this year and perhaps even beyond this year but until he does it is wrong to anoint him as a genuine great just yet.
Nov 25, 2013 -- 3:52AM, SEATHESTARS....NO1 wrote:
It's all about opinions isn't it, but i am sorry mr mischief, but i rated the betfair chase as just as good as a championship race given the opposition was just as strong and in some but not many cases stronger than any race you would get at the Cheltenham festival. Also i must also add a race to be dubbed a championship race does not have to be run at Cheltenham, it can be at any track anywhere in the Uk with grade 1 status dependant upon opposition. Of course the prestige may not be there and for that reason you can argue that it is not but i don't just go on that when assessing. I think the betfair chase will in time get its own prestige, if it don't already hold some.Imo also, the King George is a championship race, it has prestige of its own right and is a grade 1. Championship races don't always have to have the word champion in their titles imho!
I take your point and the Haydock race is clearly growing in stature every year which is only a good thing, but it's a bit like the olympics. You can win all you like around the world but it's what you do in the olympics that gets remembered and where true champions are defined. Cheltenham is the same for National Hunt racing, all roads lead there and it's there where the cream rises to the top. Of course that's to take nothing away from Cue Cards outstanding performance the last day. As I said above I believe he'll take all the beating at the Festival
Nov 25, 2013 -- 1:13PM, Mr Mischief wrote:
There is a quote option on the top tight of each post sts. Just click on that and then make your post
Ah, finally i fig it out , use are on on live view