My Smart Form: Deane Lester

First up runners with gear changes

This Start: First Up

This Start: Gear Change

I particularly like identifying first-up runners with gear changes. In my opinion, a positive gear change (such as blinkers first time or first run as a gelding) shows intent to have a horse primed for a big fresh run.

Conversely, some gear changes such as blinkers off for a first up run may suggest that a horse may not be primed for this race.

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