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Is Sea The Stars "Best Racehorse of All Time"?

Friday, 9th October 2009

Following last weekend's 6th successive Gr1 victory of the season by boom Irish-bred 3YO colt Sea The Stars (Cape Cross-Urban Sea, by Miswaki) in France's Gr1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, Time magazine reporter Adam Smith declared: "Man o'War in the 1920s. Phar Lap in the 1930s. Secretariat in the 1970s. The debate over horse racing's greatest ever flat runner just got hotter. Sea the Stars might just be the greatest of them all." However thoroughbredtimes.com bloodstock editor John Sparkman cautions: "It is often all too easy to over-rate any given champion in the immediate aftermath of a stunning, obviously brilliant performance, especially among younger observers, whose first-hand experience of champions of previous eras may be non-existent. Older observers (like the author), whose creakier joints tend to be accompanied by crankier minds, conversely, may tend to underrate current performers compared with the remembered glories of their all-too-distant youth. That is where a long-established rating system like the English-based Timeform service performs such a valuable service." (To read their opinions, click on the link in The Great Debate panel on the right-hand side of this page.)

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