Australia has a global reputation for producing precocious sprinters.  Our horses win the best sprint races around the world, and we have the world’s richest two year-old race (the Gr.1 Golden Slipper).

Yet less than 20% of our annual foal crop race as 2YOs.  While over 75% of them will eventually get to the races, this is a relatively low percentage given our reputation for producing juveniles.  In simple terms, this is not a problem.  Instead it highlights that trainers are, on face value, treating horses with their long term welfare in mind and only racing them when they are mature enough to cope.