Greatest Three Year Old Crops Ranked


There was plenty of debate from Peter Moody and the lads on the Moody On The Mic Podcast this week on the current crop of three year old’s getting around at the moment.

We’ve seen Alabama Express take out the C.F. Orr Stakes, Loving Gaby the Ladbrokes Manikato, Castelvecchio second in the Ladbrokes Cox Plate, Super Seth second in the Futurity Stakes, Alligator Blood win nine of his first 10 races, Yes Yes Yes win The Everest and Standout win the Expressway Stakes.

Does this make them exceptional horses or is there a lack in quality in the older horses at the moment?

We’ve run through the best crops of three year old’s in the past 30 years and ranked them so that we can compare the credentials of the current crop!

5. 1996/97

Encosta De LagoSir Rupert Clarke Stakes

Sparticus – Australia Stakes and Oakleigh Plate

Mouawad – Futurity Stakes and George Ryder Stakes

Accomplice – The Galaxy and Doomben 10,000

Honourable Mentions: Dane Ripper, Intergaze, Akhenaton, Summer Beau

4. 2017/18

Shoals – Myer Classic and Robert Sangster Classic

Trapeze Artist – T.J Smith Stakes and All Aged Stakes

The Autumn Sun – 5 X Group 1 winner against his own age

She Will Reign – Moir Stakes

Merchant Navy – Diamond Jubilee Stakes

Honourable Mentions – Kementari, Alizee, Ace High

3. 2012/13

All Too Hard – Futurity Stakes, All Aged Stakes, C.F. Orr Stakes and 2nd in Cox Plate

Pierro – Canterbury Stakes, George Ryder, 2nd in Doncaster Handicap and 3rd in Cox Plate

Fiveandahalfstar – The BMW, 2nd in Australian Cup and 2nd in Ranvet Stakes

It’s A Dundeel – Sydney 3YO Triple Crown and 2nd in Queen Elizabeth Stakes

Honourable Mentions: Shamexpress, Sacred Falls, Your Song, Epaulette

2. 1995/96

OctagonalCox Plate and The BMW

Saintly – Australian Cup

Gold Ace – Lightning Stakes and The Galaxy

Our Maizcay – Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes

Honourable Mentions: Ravarda, Flying Spur, Filante, Nothin’ Leica Dane

1. 1999/2000

Redoute’s Choice – Manikato Stakes and C.F. Orr Stakes

Testa Rossa – Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, Lightning Stakes and Futurity Stakes

Miss Pennymoney – Australia Stakes and Newmarket Handicap

Honourable Mentions: Shogun Lodge, Over, Pharein


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