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Top 10 3yos Heading Into The 2022-23 Season

Updated: Aug 27, 2022

Welcome to the 4th rendition of the best horses across Australia/New Zealand heading into the 2022-23 season, this one being of the best three-year-olds. Personally, I believe this is a very hard crop to read with the Sydney wet causing serious problems, and a lack of runners so by the end of the season, this could look very different but nonetheless, here is the top 10.

10. Jacquinot

At 10 we have Jacquinot, a run-on type of galloper always meaning he may need some luck to win but I do believe he has ability. I do not think he enjoyed the wet but still ran reasonably well in the Slipper. He was close in the Blue Diamond and could be considered unlucky in the prelude (Does not run better than 2nd IMO). He could also be an early developer as Rubicks typically are but I liked what I saw from him and think he could be a reasonably talented type.

9. Daumier

At 9 we have the first group 1 winner and the only horse from the Godolphin Army in Daumier. I was not sold on this horse, originally thinking the Vic 2yo form was poor and that it was a weak rendition of the race but he then ran 4th in the slipper and Sires, showing he has ability and versatility. I do not think he has the highest ceiling but he likely will prove to be a solid galloper.

8. Best of Bordeaux

The best performing colt of the season (not necessarily the best), Best of Bordeaux comes in at number 8. He is a horse I could see dropping off majorly as he was a forward racing 2yo who enjoys the wet but he was still very impressive regardless during his 2yo campaign, picking up 2 wins and a 2nd in the Slipper which realistically, means you are a top 3-4 performing 2yo if you put together that sort of campaign. However, if he proves me wrong and performs, Aquis have a slot for the Everest.

7. Political Debate

At 7, we have a horse from the Coolmore juggernaut in Political Debate. A colt by So You Think who showed tremendous ability during the Queensland. He had a tough road into the JJ Atkins, barely managing to qualify but was unlucky, getting far too back after a solid jump and probably taking some time to get going at the top of the straight. My tip for the Guineas at this stage but I say that with little confidence.

6. Russian Conquest

At number 6 we may have somewhat of a surprise pick in Russian Conquest who I believe out of exposed horses, was the one that suffered most from the Sydney wet. She had a poor autumn with a 4th in the Reisling and a 10th in the Slipper but the fact she was 5 lengths off Coolangatta in the Slipper is what makes me think she cannot handle the wet. I could be well off however and she may have just been an early developer but time will tell. It will be interesting to see how Snitcat returns.

5. Lofty Strike

However, the highest-ranking colt of the season is Lofty Strike. He only had the two starts but what he did in the Blue Diamond Prelude (C&Gs) was very impressive, rounding the field wide and passing them all easily. Second place won the Kindergarten Stakes, third won the Blue Diamond and 5th came 3rd in the Blue Diamond means that I am very excited to see this colt return.

4. Amelia’s Jewel

We have the only horse on this list trained outside of Vic/NSW in Amelia’s Jewel. While I do not believe she beat a stack of talent in WA, she won everything very easily, including the best 2yo race in WA and being by Siyouni suggests she will be better over further. We will not see her on the eastern seaboard during the spring but hopefully, we get to in the autumn.

3. She’s Extreme

Fireburns bridesmaid for most of the prep comes in at three. While I think she was the second best performing two-year-old, I suspect she was a big beneficiary of the Sydney wet which makes me somewhat sceptical she will be as strong but she clearly has ability and I could very well be wrong as Extreme Choice horses are pretty well versed on all surfaces. We will have to wait until the autumn to really see what she is made of as by all reports, it will be a light spring.

2. Coolangatta

She was hugely impressive early on, culminating in a Magic Millions 2yo Classic win but the big Sydney wet stopped her from playing a large roll. However, she still managed a third in the biggest two-year-old race, first up showing once again how good trainers Ciaron Maher and Dave Eustace are. I suspect she will be a beneficiary of dry Victorian tracks however, could she just be an early developer like Enthaar? I suspect she has more ability but only time will tell.

1. Fireburn

How could it be any other horse. Fireburn was simply dominant winning the Slipper and Sires in impressive fashion and barely going down in the Champagne. Seems to prefer the wet but not inept on dry. I am confident she will not be like other slipper winners and win another race but I was also confident in Stay Inside going on and performing so what do I know. Seems she will have a light spring so will be more of an autumn watch. The Surround Stakes will be perfect for her though.

Hons: Paris Dior, Doull (an unlucky 11th), Greece, Letsrollthedice, Semillion, Maven Belle (NZ) or basically any 2yo with any form of ability. It is a hard crop to read.

There you have it, I think there was little surprise with number one but some of the other questions may be questionable, but here it is. Let me know what you think of this list, however you wish to do so. Next post will be the top 10 overall horses across Aus and NZ (spoiler, there will be no New Zealand trained horses featuring).

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