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William Hajjaj is a distant fan in the presence of Sheikha Hessa after Judmonte International

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Updated date: 6:53 PM September 14, 2022

These are extraordinary times. On both sides of the Atlantic, the racehorse has reached the kind of heights few have ever been able to achieve. Performance ratings by British champion Baaeed and US Flightline have us absolutely applauding them. They are united by a rare brilliance but also something else.

None of the horses raced when he was two years old. Baaeed began his career at the age of three in Leicester on June 7, 2021. By then four of the five British classics had been played, a selective generational arrangement had been formed that would over time prove redundant, like Baaeed’s dominance over his peers.

Flightline debuted the seven-runner Santa Anita in late April last year, and the Pattern company most recently entered on December 26. He has now competed on five occasions, and recently earned a Racing Post rating of 140 when he took the Pacific Classic by just under 20 lengths. Baaeed earned 138 RPR, the number awarded for his thrilling victory at Juddmonte International. Both he and Flightline remain undefeated.

In winning York Barn Sheikha Hessa spoke of Baaid: “I don’t think every good horse has to be a two-year-old. It is now a very different horse than the one I saw last year. The tender time has helped him in every aspect.”

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Baed wins the International Gudmonte Award in an exciting way

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These words are irrefutable. They also provide relief to anyone who is saddened and frustrated by the blood industry’s scant move toward preferring – cult-like – speed over stamina, particularly where such speed is likely to appear primarily in the horse’s juvenile season.

With that said, how do flappy trainers determine when a horse needs time? How do they know what kind of athlete they have and when that athlete should start racing?

Determine which one

“You’re training young children in their tween and teen years,” says five-time Champion trainer John Gosden, who takes into account when evaluating a young horse’s breeding, date of birth, the shape and form of the animal, how they move and their mentality. He stressed the importance of “watching the horse all the time.” stresses something else.

“You don’t have to have a preconceived notion of what the horse will be like,” says Josden. “Do that and you can put a square peg in a round hole. There are no set rules. A horse can run very differently from its proportions and appearance.”

“A horse that is bred to be precocious will not necessarily be precocious. Likewise, be aware that what looks like a sloth may be lazy. The other big problem, of course, is a lack of ability.

“It’s also important to remember that when you’re building training a young horse, you’re definitely not trying to figure out how fast he can go right away. It’s not like playing with a new toy at Christmas. I let them do it on their own time.”

William Hajjaj, trainer for Baaeed, highlights the relationship between how a horse is built and potential distance requirements.

“Most 100-meter runners have a strong Bulldog physique, although there are exceptions, such as Usain Bolt,” says Hagas. Thoroughbred runners are the same. Likewise, 10,000-meter runners are generally lighter and smaller. Riders: A horse with a massive butt is unlikely to stay away, while a horse with narrow hips and a more angular body is designed to survive.

“Normally, a strong, square horse can be fast at around two years old, provided that its knees are somewhat closed and flat. However, while large, massive horses are likely to be fast, they will not necessarily all be at an early stage of maturity. .Horses are not really two years old but they die very quickly when they get older.”

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James Tate: “Training immature horses is a bit like playing snakes and ladders.”

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James Tate, a fully qualified veterinary surgeon as well as a coach, explains that when seeking to assess the potential speed of an event, coaches put themselves in two main questions.

“You ask, if I try to train this horse now, will it stay healthy, and if it stays healthy, will it be at its best now or better next year?” Explains Tate, who highlights the use of the speed gene test to try to answer this question.

“Training immature horses is a bit like playing snakes and ladders,” Tate says. “As long as you only come down to small snakes, that’s fine. If you fall on a big snake all the way to the bottom, you might have a long way to go back to the top again.

“You have to constantly look for the warning signs that you have erred. You are looking for inflammation of the growth plate above the knee. You are looking for painful pins in the front of the horse’s leg, which indicates a bone that is not mature enough to do the work. You may get bloated. In the joints and tendons, usually in the front legs.

“With young, immature horses, all trainers try to rehearse whether we are pushing them right, not enough or too much.”

Haggaz, a coach not known for organizing early season event campaigns, believes that pressing too early too soon carries great risks.

“I think you can do irreparable damage by going too early, both mentally and physically,” he says.

Having said that, the most successful trainer of my time is Aidan O’Brien, who trains his two-year-olds. If I train all his horses, I won’t have anything like the same amount for two years – Group 1 winners.

“For Aidan and Charlie Appleby, serving stallions is all the job is about. The truth is I’ve produced very few stallions and really should have developed more.”

Haggas, who deeply regrets the fact that horse shows are “the winning horses and derby winners are not exciting”, adds: “I firmly believe that horses take advantage of the time you give them. Recently winning La Yaquil at Ascot is a good example.”

“He was a big-looking guy who had never ran at the age of two, but, even though he cost a little bit at 120,000g, he would pay off that and more. He was slow but now it crashes the race at once when you find the horses that have been running for a while. The longer it is the more difficult.”

Haggas then asks an obvious but fascinating question, adding, “Would Flyline have been any good if he had worked on two? Who knows?”

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Flightline has taken American racing by storm

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