And the time of the race reflects this. The winner Night Of Thunder (42) clocked a seriously fast time.

The way that Night Of Thunder powered through off a strong early pace in the closing stages despite veering badly suggests an obvious excuse for his one lifetime loss in the Greenham. In that race he pulled hard against a slow early gallop over a distance clearly a bit short for him. On reflection it was impressive how he pulled quickly clear of the rest without being ridden too hard to chase Kingman home. And I now see from the video he was full of running at the finish.