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"That's An Insult To Altior" - Racing Fans Up In Arms As Cyrname Is Officially The Best Horse in Training

Tuesday 19th February 2019
Cyrname Produced A Stunning Display To Win The Ascot Chase On Saturday
Cyrname Produced A Stunning Display To Win The Ascot Chase On Saturday

We are less than three weeks away from the 2019 Cheltenham Races but one horse who doesn't look like he will be running at the Festival is the brilliant Cyrname.

The Paul Nicholls trained in-mate scorched to victory in the Ascot Chase at the weekend to put in one of the best performances of the entire campaign but with the horse happier going right-handed, connections look set to swerve a tilt at the Ryanair Chase.

The Punchestown Gold Cup is the key end of the season target for the Ditcheat star and he could well go to that contest in Ireland as officially the best horse in training. 

Beating Waiting Patiently by 17 lengths was certainly a stunning display and it has clearly caught the eye of the handicapper. The 7-year-old has been raised to a mark of 178 for the latest victory which pus him as the best horse in training and perhaps surprisingly, three clear of the brilliant Altior (175).

The imperious Seven Barrows hero remains unbeaten over fences after a remarkable run of form and unsurprisingly racing fans are none too pleased about the news that Cyrname has usurped the racing legend at the top of the BHA ratings...

That's an insult to altior! - (@wayneparker1980)

He’s won 2 races this season & 1 of them was a handicap & now he is the best NH horse in training? Take a pull son! - (@byrnieboo)

Ludicrous rating system well out of sync, you only have to look at the novice hurdler ratings to back this up! - (@garry_tynan)

The rating has certainly caused something of an uproar today but there are one or two on social media defending the new mark for Cyrname with the handicapper only judging the performance in front of his eyes.

Facts are that he [rated 165] beat 5 horses rated 160-170 off level weights by 17 - 28 lengths in a good time in a true run race. What else can the handicapper do? - (@paulthorner)

Yes. Altior hard to gauge as he does it easily against the same sort of horses. Line through Fox Norton, Cyrname’s eased 17l clear in a Gr1 - (@fillyonform)

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