This might be a very stupid question but why do owners and trainers nominate horses for a race that they will never run in? Doesn’t it cost money for most nominations?
I can understand tactically if they want to suppress weights for stablemates, scare off opposition, prestige for owners etc. However I do have a hard time to reconcile blind optism with stupidity especially when you already told people you will not run them or simply not good enough. Just check Epsom, Metropolitan and Turnbull nominations.