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Letter: Disappointed by Moscow decision; Steve Browning believes Moscow Flyer has been deprived of the chance to prove himself a true great.

Byline: STEVE BROWNING

I WRITE to express my extreme disappointment at the news that Moscow Flyer will bypass the King George.

Earlier in the year, Jessica Harrington's suggestion that the race was a possible target for Moscow Flyer came as a refreshing contrast to the much-criticised under-racing of Best Mate. Just as the public were clamouring for Best Mate to undertake a more combative schedule, it seemed that the Moscow Flyer camp were doing their bit to cock a snook at such negative tactics by considering letting the horse take his chance against the best three-milers. Sadly, it was not to be.

Moscow Flyer had the chance to prove himself one of the all-time greats by becoming both a two- and three-mile champion.

However, with all due respect to his intended target at Leopardstown, it will tell us absolutely nothing new, as he will not face a single horse capable of challenging him. How sad it would have been if Desert Orchid had been restricted to running over the same distance throughout his brilliant career because he had 'nothing to prove'.

The Best Mate syndrome seems to have struck again, to the continued detriment of jump racing.

STEVE BROWNING Ruislip
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Dec 20, 2004
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