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    Posted: 13 Jul 2011 at 10:27am
I'd like your thoughts - experienced villa members - would it be fair to say that many a race horse has not seen his actual potenial becuse of the trainers/owners lack of knowlege of its breeding for its aptitudinal distance . It is the lack of time money or laziness that many a horse are cast off because they can not make it in sprint racing and fail through lack of patient training for distance racing?
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Yes.

Perhaps many things account for this, and one factor is simply an inability to identify aptitude.  We have a preoccupation with speed and sprint races and many tend to think only in terms of this.  Trainers will often confuse slow with staying potential, but this is not necessarily a correlation.  Jockeys also tend to think that they need to be in the first three in a race, but there are simply types of horses that cannot cope with being used up to take a position and have anything left.  

In my view, the industry is starting to lack an understanding of the thoroughbred, and tend to fit them into a mold.  They become disposable if they do not fit into what is required, rather than treated as the individuals they are.  A modern trainer would be very unlikely to have persisted with Phar Lap after his first few starts, and many may have cast off Kingston Town after his first start failure.  Takeover Target was another victim of the system, but he was fortunate to have found the right handler at the right time.  Just consider the loss to racing heritage had any of these horses been discarded, or treated differently.  How many others have gone down very different routes for tragic results?
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Yes , another that comes to mind is Think Big, a true stayer, who would have been cast off as too slow. 
The Jockey club local to us shortened their cup race to 1600m some years ago, what a shame. I guess it was done to suit the horses and trainers instead of encouraging the pursuit of staying types.
As you say it's the industry, the distance races we do see in our area are rarely full fields, sometimes very small numbers and always the same names popping up, and to make it worse some lower achieving horses (that can't get a run elsewhere)are sadly entered in these races when it is clearly not suited to them.
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