By Ray Hickson
There’s so much that is out of the ordinary about Threeood her trainer Joe Pride can be forgiven for giving up on trying to pigeonhole her.
The five-year-old came to Pride as a ten start maiden and almost 15 months since her stable debut she hasn’t stopped climbing the ranks and that’s something that’s gone against what he sees as the general order for a racehorse.
Threeood is looking for her sixth win at start 16 for Pride in the Sydney Commercial Interiors Handicap (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday.
“She’s done things very upside down,’’ Pride said.
“A lot of the time you see a horse’s winning strike rate is the best in their first 12 starts but she took 15 to win one.
“Now her win strike rate is very good and she’s running at least a place in nearly every start she has.”
Her latest win continued the unlikely theme of her career so far.
She jumped from gate 10 of 11 at the Rosehill 1100m and tracked at least three wide, pushed four and five deep on the turn, for the entirety yet stormed away to a clear win.
Punter’s Intelligence sectional data showed she covered an extra 6.2m and clocked the fastest 400m-200m of 11.03 as she chimed in leaving Pride to ponder what happens next.
“Horses generally don’t win the way she was asked to win the other day but she got the job done,’’ he said.
“You wonder where that leaves you for a second-up run but she should be fine.
“She’s a strange mare, she’s a bit of a weirdo, she has her own way of doing things.”
Rachel King rides the mare again, she was $5.50 with TAB on Friday, and she jumps from gate six.
It’s surprising to realise that Threeood didn’t actually break her maiden status until her fifth start for the Pride stable, in April this year.
Another win would surely bring black type onto the radar.
“Where she’s headed, your guess is as good as mine,’’ he said.
“I’m not going to call her progressive because she’s had too many starts to call her that but she’s certainly going well and has a bit of ticker about her.
“I don’t think she’ll run a mile, last prep proved she’s not going to run much more than 1400m.”
Pride is expecting stablemates Easy Eddie and Passage Of Time to improve on their respective first-up efforts in the Listed $140,000 Quincy Seltzer Razor Sharp Handicap (1200m).
The duo ran seventh and fifth respectively in the Starlight Stakes (1100m) two weeks ago and Pride said particularly in Easy Eddie’s case, after a year off the scene, Saturday will be a good pointer to their summer prospects.
“I would never assess too much off a first-up run from him because he doesn’t perform,’’ he said.
“He’s much better when he gets a run under his belt, his second-up and third-up record proves that.
"He had a pretty tough run first-up for 12 months, he’s in good order and will keep improving with racing. A bit like Stockman his best performances come on softer tracks.”
Passage Of Time ran the second fastest last 600m of the Starlight (33.34) in being beaten two lengths by Invictus Salute.
Threeood wins at Rosehill on November 28
“I thought he ran really well so if he improves a length or so on that he’s going to go pretty well against similar opposition. He’s shown me at home it looks like he’s improved a bit,’’ Pride said.
The Warwick Farm trainer also has dual representation in the Easternbuilt Handicap (1100m) and he can’t work out why Ballistic Lover is $5.50 while El Cohete is a $26 chance.
Both are last start winners from the Warwick Farm meeting on November 25 and while he concedes Ballistic Lover is his best chance it’s not by that margin.
“They are very capable horses, I don’t quite get the price discrepancy between the two,’’ he said.
“Ulysses (who ran third to El Cohete) came out and won on Wednesday and the second horse was placed at Kensington the other night so I’d have thought he was a better chance than where he sits in the market.”
Meanwhile, Pride’s top sprinter Eduardo is due back in one week from his break to prepare for an autumn campaign.
Eduardo was runner-up to Classique Legend in the Group 2 Shorts before finishing 11th in the TAB Everest and he rounded out his spring with a tough fourth behind Gytrash in the Yes Yes Yes Stakes on October 31.