This being so I would be very wary of siding with the consensus which seems to be that the success of Western Warhorse (41) in the Arkle was something of a one-off freak event that is unlikely to be repeated.

The fact is Western Warhorse is unbeaten in three starts over fences when you include his point-to-point win. On ground that the going stick indicates was slightly slower (though I’m rating it the same), he clocked a time 1.45 seconds faster than the winner of the next day’s Champion Chase.