The Best Arc Winner…John Cooper’s View

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Who is the greatest Arc Winner of all time, John Cooper says there is no contest, Sea The Stars is the best of all time…

It is the Arc this weekend at Longchamp. One of the best races of the year, run at one of the bet courses in the world. I have been to Longchamp several times, the last time was when Dillon Thomas won under Fallon, for Aidan O’Brien. A bizarre day, the stewards in France are a bizarre bunch. That was in 2007, seems like only yesterday!

Zarkava won in 2008 and for me is the best filly ever to win the Arc. She was simply a stunning racehorse, undefeated in her 7 race career. I remember Richie Persad on BBC saying if Zarkava wins the Arc he would walk home to England! She won is style and was it not for the horse that won it 12 months later, she would be a contender for the greatest ever winner.

Some superb horses have won The Arc. In recent times Dalakhani, Hurricane Run and Montjeu rate as some of the best, but standing head and shoulders above all of them is SEA THE STARS. Lets take a look…

The commentary is really good, Jim McGrath, sadly missed. What a horse Sea The Stars was, I said I would never see a better one, but Frankel proved me wrong. He didn’t run in the Arc, and as Sea The Stars is the second best horse ever, then he is the best Arc Winner ever!

I really do not think there is any doubt about it, but it is all opinion! I personally had a hell of a bet on Sea The Stars that day. I loved the confidence with which Mick Kinane rode him, although at the time I was not so confident! What a turn of foot this horse had. When you watch Sea The Stars you realise how good Frankel was. What Frankel did at York, in the Juddmonte International ranks as the greatest performance I have ever seen…

I know this is not the Arc, but if I live to see something better than this, well I hope I do, but I doubt it! The Arc is on Sunday, it looks a good race, but there is nothing anywhere near the quality of Sea The Stars!

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