It has never been easy for horses that are just that half a length off the best of their harness racing age group. They are always competitive in the big age group races but never quite good enough to take home the major spoils.
Such has been the life of Cyamach from the time he first stepped on to the racetrack as a two year old.
He always seemed to find one or two horses who were just better than him.
As a two year old son of Mach Three ran third to Five Card Draw 1:54.2 ($406,258) in the $165,000 New Zealand Sires Stakes Final.
As a three year old he ran an unlucky fifth in the $165,000 New Zealand Sires Stakes Final behind Franco Nelson 1:53.1 (425,440).
But soon as the real big boys are missing, Cyamach becomes hard to hold out.
This was never better Illustrated than in the Winter Cup at Auckland last night.
While there were some smart types involved, none were of the class that Cyamach has regularly faced during his career.
Sent to the front by Scott Phelan after 200 meters in a race run in torrential rain, Cyamch was pressured in front with 900 meters to go by the smart Norvic Nightowl.
This made him a sitting duck for those just off the pace but he showed that touch of class all good horses have, running closing sectionals of 57.7 and 28 to win comfortably.
That was his eighth lifetime win for the Telfer and Garlick team and took Cyamach's stake earnings to a very respectable $146,926.
While he may not ever reach the heights of some of his age group peers, Cyamach is still a very talented individual who has plenty more wins left in him yet.