Playing the Game

“Ever since we put bits of steel into their mouths, and chimpanzees on their backs, there’s never been a horse fast enough,” Channon said. “All this business – ‘he doesn’t try, he’s a dog’ – it’s a man-made thing. With that high cruising speed, the way he comes into the race, you think you’ll win easy. But when he gets his head in front… They’re almost herd animals, it’s just like a game. Some of them aren’t that way. But he’s lasted. What would you rather have?”

Trainer Mick Channon on taking Youmzain back to the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe for the fourth time.

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