"The mile and a half at Santa Anita with the first four furlongs down hill and being a small, flat oval, I think he should have a chance. With the amount of money he has won the supplementary, which is $180,000, I'm hoping it may not appear that much for a horse that has won over £1 million this year." Cumani boasted after losing the heated debate over the result of the Champion Stakes that Falbrav was "the best horse anywhere in the world""We had more to prove today," Cumani told The Racing Post. "We had to prove that the result in Ireland was a travesty, that he could come back to a mile and he did. I feel very proud of the horse. Cumani admitted he may have spoken out of turn earlier, but the was relieved that the horse vindicated him."I did say it in a moment of desperation after he lost a race in Ireland which he shouldn't have lost but I don't think it can be disproved now. Everybody will agree that the horse should have won in Ireland. Even though it was a bit of an afterthought to come here, it was thanks to the lack of rain that we did.
"The horse is just amazing. I probably went a bit overboard when I said after Ireland that to me he was probably the best horse in the world at the moment but I think today confirms it. He's probably the best horse in the world on grass between a mile and a mile and a quarter."
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