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Horse Racing at it's finest

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Quite simply blown away by that performance from Denman. I thought Zenyatta was brilliant but this bought a lump to my throat.

An amazing horse, Champion trainer in tears, presenters swearing, Owners over the moon.

Never seen anything quite like it.

Newbury wasn't cheering the horse home, they were screaming him home.

Absolutely magnificent.

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posted Nov 28, 2009

As a Kauto man i have to say that Denman was MAGNIFICENT today, what a race we will have if both arrive in good heart at the GC on decent ground in March.
Nomatter which horse you prefer, it is superb for NH racing and its days like today and last week at Haydock that make NH racing a far better specatcle than flat (IMO)
Have you ever heard a cheer like it at Newbury on a horses return to the winners enclosure?

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posted Nov 28, 2009

In the same token, it makes the 09 Gold Cup form and ratings look solid as Barbers Shop was on the premises with all the weight in his favour.

I think the ground will now decide the Gold CUp should they both arrive there 100%!

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posted Nov 28, 2009

Stunning. So great to see him back to his mighty best. Hope he and KS make it fully fit to cheltenham. On the day I just think it will all be about the ground.

Fabulous performance today. Stunning.

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posted Nov 28, 2009

The last three weeks for me have just further proven how superior NH racing is to the flat.

The Paddy Power meeting, the Betfair chase and todays magic from Denman. NH racing is so strong right now and I think this seasons festival could be one of the best in years.

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posted Nov 28, 2009

Jump racing at it's finest, maybe. But Horse racing at it's finest? Not in Sea The Stars year.

Still a great performance though, and a joy to watch.

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posted Nov 28, 2009

Orizaba, as much as sea the stars was brilliant, this was the whole package. Don't imagine there lumps in throats over sea the stars victories. This was the whole package. Flat racing just seems clinical in comparison.

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posted Nov 30, 2009

There is no contest: National Hunt racing is superior. Year in and year out these wonderful "Winter Kings"give us all the most enormous pleasure. They often battle in the most dreadful weather conditions and carry hideously onerous weights on their backs. They can incur bad injuries and worse as the males are usually geldings no breeding paddocks for them. From Arkle to Denman and Dessie to Kauto and Red Rum and all the brave Aintree competitors I salute you all. Their owners should be very grateful that they own such brillant horses.
Sea the Stars - top horse but at three he has gone to start his stallion duties and live a life of luxury. Flat racing is all about breeding and huge sums of money backed up by dynasties of multi-millionaries.

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posted Nov 30, 2009

Always follow (and bet on!) Kauto Star. Don't like to bet on handicaps as it's a lottery with the weights - so just watched the race for sport. Big weight on heavy ground - the worst combination

Was screaming at the tv over the last 3 fences for Denman to win. As you can guess running is my sport - but he reminded me of the great champions like Zatopek, who just don't know when they are beat

What a race - can't wait for the Gold Cup!!!

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posted Dec 1, 2009

Who can defend or justify to the layman the handicapping of NH horses? Denman was awesome and thank goodness the GC is run at level weights. In 1966 when Arkle got beaten in his third Hennessy by Stalbridge Colonist he was giving him over two stones. What a way to treat great horses - just keeping loading them with more and more weight until they are beaten - and they call it sport.

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posted Dec 5, 2009

Interesting: nobody has attempted to defend handicapping maybe nobody can.

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