SOME of us hoped we might see Great Field at the Cheltenham Festival in the Queen Mother Champion Chase, and that he might even win that, but instead we finally got to see the exciting chaser at Navan last Friday, when he showed all his dash to win the Webster Cup with a 164 timefigure.

However, it has to be wondered if the outcome would have been the same had runner-up Doctor Phoenix (158 timefigure) kept in closer touch: he ran from three out (just over three furlong from the finish) fully 4.0s quicker than Great Field – or nearly 20 lengths – and was still closing, though a length and three quarters down, at the line.