Our winner is presented in great condition for an 18-year-old Thoroughbred. He is the sturdiest of the group, as he exhibits the least number of potential soundness issues.
He shows a kind expression and intelligent eye. He has plenty of mouth length for good bit sensitivity, but his thick muzzle is coarse with a small nostril.
I love his neck length and shape, but it ties in low onto his shoulder. This creates muscle fatigue. He has good shoulder arrangement with adequate length and slope, a deep heart girth for good lung capacity, an ample barrel and a short, strong topline. His withers are a bit low, which makes saddle stability difficult.
His forearm is short compared to the cannon bone, making his stride less efficient. He is also a touch over at the knee, but the short cannon and decent pastern length should compensate for that.
This gelding’s weakest feature is his hindquarter. It’s quite short in length with a post-legged alignment, which limits stride length and power from the rear-engine compartment.
However, I feel for long-term soundness, as evidenced by age, he looks to be the best gamble of the group.