All eyes were on the Frankel filly Woman in her debut at Canterbury on Wednesday but just how impressive was she?
The Punter’s Intel data from the race enables us to break down her performance and while the overall time was slower than the two other 1250m races on the day her individual effort had plenty of merit.
Firstly she covered more ground than any other runner in the race - 1259.6m – and while they crawled in the early stages Woman was able to sprint basically from the 800m.
She covered each of the last four 200m splits in the fastest time of the race, 800-600 in 11.75, 600-400 in 11.56 then she really picked it up asserting authority from the 400-200 in 11.21 and drew away late in 11.70. Her overall last 600m in 34.47 was easily the best of the race as you’d expect.
Given she’s bred to excel over much more ground than the 1250m it was a more than satisfying debut. Speaking of extra ground covered, the importance of saving ground was never more evident in a couple of Chris Waller’s second placegetters at Canterbury.
In Times Of War complied her seventh second placing as she just failed to run down Nictock in the 1100m fifth event but she covered 4.3m more in a 0.2 length defeat.
And even more significantly, Punter’s Intel data showed Estikhraaj was forced to cover almost 10m more territory in the 1900m final event than the 0.1 length winner Another Larga who gained a run through after from behind the lead.
Fastest last 200m – Cocoexcel (race 2) 11.23
Most ground covered – Eastern Legend (race 7) +17.1m
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