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And while we're at it - Frankel, what a racehorse...
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Good grief! I missed it live this afternoon and picked up some of the comments later on Twitter. I prefer NH to Flat, but that was incredible.

I also prefer National Hunt, but a good flat horse is something to watch... I have a fondness for Native Khan and was glad to see him placed. Apparently, Frankel wasn't so much getting tired in the last two furlongs as getting bored at having nothing to race.

Edited at 2011-04-30 08:04 pm (UTC)

That's one helluva horse!!!

It wasn't the fastest time for the Guineas because, though the ground was fast, there was a strong cold headwind, but it is certainly the first time I have seen it won in that style.

Reminds me of this. Secretariat wasn't a pole-to-pole leader like Frankel, but he was one helluva distance horse, and when he turned on the afterburners, there was nobody who could match him. Notice also how small that field is! A lot of owners had withdrawn because they realized after the Derby and the Preakness that their horses had no chance.

Secretariat was extraordinary.

There have been horses in history - one thinks immediately of Eclipse - which ran away from their fields like that in every race. However, it's a truism that you can't win like that on the up-and-down turf tracks at the highest level of European racing in the present day, except at very short sprint distances. A number of commentators thought Frankel, who so far has won from the rear on an excellent turn of foot, was bolting. However, it has been difficult to get him to settle in his previous races, and - despite the presence of a pacemaker - the trainer told the jockey to do what felt right. Frankel has a huge stride and the jockey simply let him bowl along.

I doubt such tactics would work in the Epsom Derby, which is another half mile and over an even more testing course, and now the horse has been given a taste of front running, he may insist on it. He's got bags of stamina on his sire's side (he's by Galileo) though not as much on the dam's. Oh, I would love to see him run away with the Derby like this and prove the pundits wrong, but if he does he will be the horse of the decade, without a doubt.

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Yes. It was a great performance - such a pity the mare was prone to injury, had to be retired and died after another accident in her paddock a few months back.

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