May 16, 2015 -- 12:34PM, Figgis wrote:
I won't pretend to have a handle on Able Friend, apart from seeing the obvious that he's pretty good. He is a 6yo though now and from experience I'd say generally horses start to lose a touch of speed at that age. I guess it depends on how good he was to begin with. Solow is another that is difficult to pin down, he had some decent form last year but you wouldn't say he was quite a top notcher. I've argued before that some horses do improve at the age of 5 but the fact is most don't. The question is whether he has really improved or will he turn out to be another impressive Dubai winner that doesn't look quite as good back on European turf? Win or lose I couldn't be backing either of those two at the prices with the doubts mentioned and therefore it's true that NOT wouldn't look too short at the current price. It could look a different market nearer the day though so I'll be waiting to see.
Good morning figgis, I have Able friend well up their on ratings, It may seem silly but I am not sure I trust them because a lot of blinkered/headgear worn in the race? We all have are own biases