
Does the system outlined in "Racing Horses" Work?
 Bill O'Gorman's total 2y.o. intake (Taken from "Horses in Training") for the period 1977 /1990 was 333 horses
 His Number of 2y.o. runners for this period was 234 (70% of total intake)
 His number of 2y.o. winners for this period was 116 (35% of total intake, 50% of juvenile runners)
 Over 40 of the 234 were Stakes Horses (SW, SPl, Timeform 100 or unbeaten)
 The number of 2y.o. races he won during this period was 259 (110% races won to runners)
 There were 12,740 2y.o. races in this period and 35,957 2y.o. runners
 i.e. the ratio of 2y.o. races available to individual runners was about 35%
Take out Provideo and Timeless Times as anomalies – still 232 runners, 114 winners, 1117 starts for 227 wins (20.3%) and 315 2nd and 3rd. (ITM48%). "2y.o. races won to runners" ratio still almost exactly 100% over 14 years.
Allen and Wilsher published a survey of 537 2y.o.s selected at random, which gave 327 2y.o. runners (61%) for 93 2y.o. winners (17.4% of total, 28.4% of runners,) of 124 2y.o. races (38% Races won to runners, which was close to random expectation)
Given the length of the experiment, it appears that the "Racing Horses" system works as far as training juveniles is concerned.
Did this system compromise their chance of success as three year olds?
Bill O'Gorman's Hard Raced Two Year Olds – Records as older horses:
Manor Farm Boy c. 1975 
1977 
R. 10 
W. 7 
Pl. 2 
Timeform 112 

1978 
R. 9 
W. 3 
Pl. 2 
Timeform 106 

1979 
R. 9 
W. 2 
Pl. 2 
Timeform 114 

Abdu c. 1976 
1978 
R. 15 
W. 9 
Pl. 3 
Timeform 118 

1979 
R. 11 
W. 2 
Pl. 5 
Timeform 121 

1980 
R. 5 
W. 1 
Pl. 4 
Timeform 118 

Artipiar f. 1977 
1979 
R. 13 
W. 5 
Pl. 6 
Timeform 106 

1980 
R. 11 
W. 0 
Pl. 6 
Timeform 106 

1981 
R. 3 
W. 0 
Pl. 1 
Timeform 91 
Had been to stud 
*Mummy's Game c. 1979 
1981 
R. 7 
W. 3 
Pl. 3 
Timeform 103 

1982 
R. 6 
W. 3 
Pl. 0 
Timeform 120 

On Stage c. 1980 
1982 
R. 9 
W. 5 
Pl. 4 
Timeform 123 

1983 
R. 9 
W. 3 
Pl. 4 
Timeform 123 

Rocket Alert f. 1981 
1983 
R. 10 
W. 4 
Pl. 5 
Timeform 110 

1984 
R. 12 
W. 2 
Pl. 1 
Timeform 99 

Reesh c. 1981 
1983 
R. 9 
W. 2 
Pl. 5 
Timeform 105 

1984 
R. 10 
W. 4 
Pl. 2 
Timeform 117 

Superlative c. 1981 
1983 
R. 8 
W. 4 
Pl. 2 
Timeform 118 

1984 
R. 4 
W. 1 
Pl. 2 
Timeform 116 

*Provideo c. 1982 
1984 
R. 24 
W. 16 
Pl. 7 
Timeform 112 

1985 
R. 3 
W. 0 
Pl. 1 
Timeform 97 
Short season – sold to Southern Hemisphere for stud 
Fayruz c. 1983 
1985 
R. 10 
W. 6 
Pl. 2 
Timeform 116 
Off track june/oct., knee chip removed 
1986 
R. 9 
W. 1 
Pl. 3 
Timeform 111 

Superpower c. 1986 
1988 
R. 11 
W. 7 
Pl. 3 
Timeform 113 

1989 
R. 4 
W. 0 
Pl. 1 
Timeform 113 

Timeless Times (USA) c. 1988 
1990 
R. 21 
W. 16 
Pl. 4 
Timeform 99 

1991 
R. 9 
W. 0 
Pl. 1 
Timeform 90 

Mac's Imp (USA) c. 1988 
1990 
R. 8 
W. 6 
Pl. 2 
Timeform 116 

1991 
R. 2 
W. 0 
Pl. 0 
n/a 
sound but sick 
As a matter of interest the majority of these horses did buck their shins, but we were careful enough that they did not run or work when sore and they never had any ongoing problem.
Timeform ratings are included to demonstrate that many of them maintained a similar or higher level of performance at three although the programme book provided them with far few realistic opportunities for success due to penalising their juvenile achievements.
