With winter just around the corner, trainers around the country will be sending their dry trackers out for a well-earned spell, while having their wet trackers primed to perform. Heavy tracks often result in trainers looking to an apprentice to give their horse some weight relief; a good wet tracker with no weight on its back can be hard to beat.
Beau Mertens is the perfect case in point. The 19-year-old is not only on the verge of winning the apprentices’ premiership, but is going to head-to-head with Craig Williams for the the senior title. That, in part, is due to Mertens timing his run to perfection; he was claiming 3kg at the start of the season, now he’s down to 1.5kg.
Here are four young guns to look out for in Victoria during the winter months:
The 18-year-old from the Northern Territory currently has a terrific winning strike rate of 12 per cent. He comes from the same school as Mertens, being indentured to Mick Kent, and if he follows that path he might well be next season’s leading apprentice. By all accounts, Brown has the willingness to listen and learn and is certainly one to follow over the next 12 months.