WHEN the Weatherbys Hamilton Stayers’ Million was instigated last year, common consensus was that it would be difficult for any horse to win it.

There would be winners of the qualifying races of course, but then, for one horse to win at least one of the qualifying races, and then go on and win the Gold Cup, the Goodwood Cup and the Lonsdale Cup, in the same season: it would be some horse who would be able to do that.