MONTJEU'S Prix du Jockey-Club rating was achieved under his optimum going condi- tions: soft.
In the Prix Lupin, he was beaten fair and square, going down by a length to Gracioso at Longchamp, on going not to his liking. On their previous meeting, Montjeu had given Gracioso a five-length beating in the Prix Greffulhe. In the Jockey Club, Gracioso was 12 lengths adrift of Montjeu, a 13-length reversal of the Longchamp form.
Oath has won on soft, good to firm and good (Derby) and been placed on good to soft and good to firm. To say that Oath is a pound inferior to Montjeu is unjust. Montjeu's form is wholly dependent on the going; Oath's is not. All horses have their optimum ground, but Classic horses should act on any ground. To date, Montjeu has clearly demonstrated he cannot.
If Montjeu gets his ground but is beaten by Oath, then Oath can be considered superior to Montjeu. Period.
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|Publication:||The Racing Post (London, England)|
|Date:||Jun 12, 1999|
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