Oct 11, 2014 -- 11:08AM, sintonian wrote:
I cannot believe for one second that Criquette-Head and the Sheikh, and maybe Harry Herbert, would all sit down, look at all the 2yos and all the 3yo and then decided ''yep, nothing to worry about there, lets go for another Arc'' I bet stuff like that does not even enter their heads. The trainer knows the horses better than any of us and clearly she had problems in the summer which she is now over. It's nothing to do with next seasons potential opposition. How the eff would they know if their is superstar amongst them? No-one does until it happens!!
agree with this 100% .. unless there was something one in a 100 years they would roll the dice.
In fact, the opposite view imo misses the part which attracts the Sheikhs !! They're not accountants !! It's the gamble, the take-em-on attitude which is why they love horse racing so much. Nobody knows for sure, ok some people might be good at the probabilities but I bet anything Sheikh Joaan has as much interest in OMR as he has in what you ate for dinner.
I will say that a different owner would sure take in what the likely opposition is one year hence, like say Michael Tabor or Derrick Smith (bookmakers, basically) but the Qatari Sheikhs !?!? no chance. For them they have the champion and a chance to do an unprecedented 3-in-a-row and whether OMR is 115P or 125P couldn't care less, that's what money buys you.