Matt Chapman: I'm fed up of so-called experts peddling this myth about racing – it needs to change | The Sun
17th October 2022

'GOOD horses go on any ground'. What utter nonsense!

Racing fans grow up being told this rubbish by TV presenters, so-called experts, jockeys, trainers and owners.

It's quite baffling in its oafishness.

Some horses go on any ground – it doesn't matter whether they have ability or not.

But the idea a 'good' horse has to go on any ground is one of many ridiculous sayings in racing, and would come close on the stupidity front to 'lost nothing in defeat'.

You lose the race in defeat, so you absolutely lose something, but that's another story.

Back to my original frustration. By 'good', those so-called experts mean Group or Grade 1 performers.

Well let's get one thing straight.

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Many top class horses don't go on every type of ground.

Flightline, currently the best horse on the planet, is one for a start. He goes on dirt. That's it.

At the highest level there will be some that will cope with anything chucked at them.

And even then, it might depend as much as anything on opposition.

That means those getting in to the game are being fed total rubbish that sticks in their brains and they take as fact.

The theory, seemingly, was there for all to see on Saturday with the brilliant Baaeed.

According to connections, he couldn't go in the ground at Ascot.

Baaeed has been better than good. Brilliant. But seemingly he doesn't go on any ground!

Observers think they are clever in social media arguments when they mention the odd superstar who has operated on various goings as if it is some sort of proof of ability.

The obvious example is Frankel, who before ending his career on soft in the Champion Stakes at Ascot had scored on good to firm in the Juddmonte International at York.

Arc heroine Alpinista also won a Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on good to firm (officially good to soft but that was wrong), and many Group 1s in the mud.

Enable took an Arc on soft and an Eclipse on good to firm.

But so what? Sea the Stars never won a Group 1 on worse than good to yielding and Baaeed has a rating far higher than Alpinista and Enable.

John Bridger's amazing low grade hero Megalala won on just about every surface out there.

As a racehorse, whether you go on a particular surface or not is utterly irrelevant to whether you have ability.

Anyone who ever uses the phrase 'good horses go on any ground' ever again is an absolute banana. Yeeehaaa!


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