Springtime is just around the corner
Spring is just a matter of weeks away so it is time to turn my mind towards those four year olds which I normally get some good wins off. What I look for are those horses that ran in group and listed three-year-old events last season. Often when you rwemove these horse’s black type races from their formlines they are unbeaten. Here are some examples; SOUBRETTES had form figures of 10 as a 3-year-old then she resumed as a fouer year old winning her first four races. When I backwed her first up she paid $4, winning easily. PERCY won his first two races as a three year old then his next three races were group and listed races. In other words he was unbeaten in races that were not group or listed. IT AINT OVER had six runs as a three year old, the last two or three in listed races. She won first up as a four year old paying $38. GALLANT RUBY had just two starts as a three year old filly, winning on debut and then finishing out of the money in a listed fillies event at her second start. She resumed on a winning norte in a weak mid-week race at Wingatui paying $7. This type of thinking is not restricted to four year olds though. LUCKY EDIE won on debut as a two year old then finished fourth in the listed Ryder Stakes at his second start on the last Saturday of the season. He started in an unlisted race at his third start winning easily. MONGOLIAN KHAN won on debut as a three year old then finished out of the money in the Group 2 Hawkes Bay Guineas at his second start. At his third start he lined up in an R65 race at Ellerslie, winning and paying $19 for a win. SOPHIA ROSA finished third on debut in a listed two year old race at her only start as a 2 year old. She won on her first start as a three year old at Hastings.
There are numerous examples like this and sometimes it pays to back such horses for their first three runs until they win.