Overdose makes season debut at Kincsem Park Sunday

7 thoughts on “Overdose makes season debut at Kincsem Park Sunday”

  1. Do they really intend to start in both the King’s Stand AND the Golden Jubilee? Anyway, this is a great horse, a great story and connections to root for. I’m especially happy the Goldene Peitsche is on their agenda again.

    Seems to be a good idea to name your racetrack after the best horse your country ever produced, and wouldn’t Man o’ War Downs sound much better than Philadelphia Park?

  2. It wouldn’t be totally unprecedented, even in the modern era, to try both. Choisir won both in 2003, and three-years-later, another Aussie, Takeover Target, won the King’s Stand and was third in the Golden Jubilee in 2006; was fourth in the King’s Stand and second in the Golden Jubilee in 2007; and second in the King’s Stand and fourth in the Golden Jubilee in 2008 (when a nine-year-old to North Hemisphere time).

    Incidentally, now a nine-year-old to Southern Hemisphere time, Takeover Target won the T.J. Smith Handicap (G1) over an exceptionally strong field (Northern Meteor, Apache Cat, Nicconi, Racing to Win) on Saturday (Friday night U.S. time).

  3. @Alan Porter: True. But Aussie horses are bred to come back from short layoffs, then take a long rest between carnivals. After all, Choisir had pulled of the G2/G1 double within three days half a year earlier when starting three times during Melbourne Cup week. And even the great Takeover Time has rested for more than 5 months before returning in all of these years.

    For a European horse on this level, there has been some precedent, most notably last year’s Golden Jubilee winner Kingsgate Native, but I’m not aware of anyone running a full 8-month schedule (including three continents). Which would only give us all the more reason to applaud Overdose’s connections for daring.

  4. Malcer: I think it’s really more a case of training than breeding, although bloodlines that can’t handle the training don’t do well there. The Australian horses generally carry a lot less flesh than North American horses. The harder training (combined with a different pace scenario on turf that dirt) doesn’t necessarily mean they run faster, but they can replicate the same level of performance more often.

    It’s a bit like the great Australian runner, John Landy, against Bannister in the Commonwealth Games. Landy tackled a much heavier volume of training than Bannister, and Bannister himself admitted that if they raced ten times, Landy would probably win nine of them, but Bannister could wind himself up for one great effort.

    I’m not sure which school Overdose’s connections are from, but as they say, vive la difference!

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