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Who Is The Best Three-Year-Old In The Country?

2020's crop could be the best we've ever seen
Bivouac
Bivouac is a rising star on the Australian racing scene (Getty Images)

Who Is The Best Three-Year-Old In The Country?


There's been great debate about the current crop of three-year-olds in Australia, so the team at Bets has delivered our verdict on the top five 3YOs in the nation.

Unfortunately Everest winner Yes Yes Yes is ineligible given he has retired, but the stars in this line up rank among the very best we've ever seen, so don't be surprised if this list changes almost week-to-week.

Funstar (5 Starts - 4 Wins, 1 Placing)


Funstar
Funstar is the filly to watch heading into the autumn (Getty Images)

The sole filly on this list, Funstar looks to be an absolute star in the making.

Chris Waller trains this girl, who has four wins from five starts in her career, including a powerful win in the Group One Flight Stakes. 

She'll resume sometime soon with autumn features on the agenda and we cannot wait.

Super Seth (8 Starts - 5 Wins, 1 Placing)


Super Seth
Super Seth made a successful return in the Manfred (Getty Images)

Super Seth was already a horse to watch with his win in the Group One Caulfield Guineas, but a successful return first-up in the Group One Manfred Stakes has placed him on everyone's radar as one of the best 3YOs going around.

He could very well top this list by the end of the autumn.

3. Exceedance (6 Starts - 3 Wins, 3 Placings)


Exceedance
Exceedance took out the 2019 Coolmore Stud Stakes (Getty Images)

There's no doubt this guy is the best wet tracker of all three-year-olds, but can he bring that form across to a dry track?

His old sparring partner Bivouac - who features later in this article - got the better of him in the Golden Rose but Exceedance took out the Group One Coolmore Stud Stakes on a rain affected track.

If Exceedance can match Bivouac on the drier tracks he may jump further up these rankings later in the year.

2. Catalyst (7 Starts - 6 Wins)


Catalyst horse
Kiwi superstar Catalyst comes in second for Justin (Getty Images)

This New Zealand native Catalyst looks like he could be the best horse to come across the Tasman this decade.

Many have likened him to the inimitable Phar Lap, which is incredible praise, but the Kiwis typically don't throw such accolades around lightly.

Australians will get a chance to see the star in action this autumn and we reckon they'll be in for a treat.

1. Bivouac (11 Starts - 5 Wins, 4 Placings)


Bivouac
Bivouac tops Justin's list (Getty Images)

This guy just oozes class and he rates as our favourite three-year-old currently going around.

He put together a remarkable 2019, winning the Group One Golden Rose before coming to Melbourne to run a gallant second in the Coolmore Stud Stakes.

We're taking a big punt that he's going to come back an improved horse as a three-year-old, but even if he's only made marginal improvements he's still among the very best horses going around in Australia.

3YO Racing FAQ

Who does timeform rate as the best 3YO?

Timeform has Exceedance rated at 125 for his win in the Coolmore Stud Stakes alongside the now retired Yes Yes Yes.
Bivouac is just one point back on 124 alongside Castelvecchio. 

What are the best 3YO races in Australia?

There are a number of 3YO races that horses of that age target but the $2 million Group One Australian Derby is considered one of the best events for three-year-olds down under.

When do horses turn 3YO in Australia?

August 1 marks the standardised birthday for every horse, which means the two-year-olds become threes on this date.

How did Black Caviar race as a 3YO?

Black Caviar remained unbeaten as a 3YO but sustained an injury which limited her campaign.
The then filly recorded two Group Two successes before being turned out after sustaining a ligament injury in her right foreleg.

How did Winx race as a 3YO?

Winx suffered the only losses of her career as a three-year-old, but also launched her unforgettable winning streak in the Group Three Sunshine Coast Guineas on May 16, 2015.

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