Jul 2, 2016 -- 10:23AM, impossible123 wrote:
The Gurkha quickened and went ahead of Hawksbill but the latter outstayed him towards the end. Unlikely ever to see The Gurkha run in a 10f race again; he just ran out of puff in the last 1/2 furlong I think.
Listening to AOB before and after the race it sounded like they just took a bit of a punt to try and win another G1 - they were originally targeting Deauville at it but the ground went against him I think?
Backing a loser aside I was fairly underwhelmed - not gonna get a slide rule out but the distances between Time Test and Western Hymn and My Dream Boat and Western Hymn were reasonably consistent with the form of their races against each other earlier in the season once you factor in the weight allowances.
Nothing there to convince me Time Test is a Group 1 winner in waiting even on fast ground and although the winner is admirably progressive and has now won 6 on the bounce, all his turf wins are with cut and even two of his all weather wins are on Standard To Slow!
Think I'd want to start with the 3yos for the Juddmonte International at this stage, not least the 1-2 in the Dante