Keysoe Gauged by the Time Test, Daily Racing Form, 1919-10-22


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KEYSOE GAUGED BY THE TIME TEST Time tests in racing are interesting, but their usefulness and reliability as to the merits of horses have never been upheld. Nevertheless a correspondent of the Youkshlre Post has some interesting remarks to make in this connection with regard to Keysoe as compared with St. Leger winners of the period ISOO-ISO9. He says: "The average, time, 1890-1899, taken by the winners which include Common. La Fleche, Isinglass, Persimmon and Flying Fox I make three, minutes eighteen seconds, while Kevsoe covered the distance in three minutes seven seconds, making her own running, which, according to another renort, was little better than a crawl for the lirst part of the journey. Night Hawk and Black Jester 1913-14 did the course in even less time. I make Keysoe nearly 200 yards better than the 1890-1899 standard, and, if we go favther back, the improvement is even greater. Weather conditions may affect a particular year, but, if we take a fair average, a reliable comparison can be made."

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