Its Australia the Good rather than Australia the Great?

What an extraordinary day at the Curragh, the 8/1 on chance Australia, beats four rivals home to take home the €725,000 first prize giving his trainer Aidan O’Brien his eleventh win in the Group 1 classic and his son Joseph claiming his second.

With a media frenzy of superlatives being unleashed over the airwaves, on Twitter, Facebook, print and on blogs all lauding the 3 year old son of Galileo as “great” “the best ever” etc. etc. maybe we should all take a pull here on the bit and consider.

I’ve no doubt that the classically bred horse is good, very good. With two Group 1 wins to his name in the Irish and Epsom Derby’s already, he looks like being the top middle distance 3 year old of 2014.

His win at Epsom over 15 other runners including todays absentee Kingston Hill was a much measure than todays near farcical Dubai Duty Free sponsored event.

Was he in truth ever going to be beaten by any of his stablemates today? Unlikely and so it proved, with Kingfisher and Orchestra, both sons of Galileo staying on to be second and third.

The only other two runners, Ponfeigh a dual winner over a mile who looked out of his depth here, and Fascinating Rock who ran disappointingly at Epsom and needs a much softer surface than that encountered today just wouldn’t be a serious measure as to Australia’s ability today.

A much talked up horse, his long term future is very much seen as a stallion and everything even down to his name will be used to maximise the euros and aussie dollars that Coolmore can generate in the Northern and Southern hemispheres.

He will race on I am sure, probably at a shorter distance but he needs to beat the older generation comprehensively and regularly before all those superlatives can be justified!

So for now it’s Australia the Good rather than Australia the Great!



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