Going To Post

The way a horse moves on its way to the start can be a good indication of how it’s feeling, and how it’s likely to perform in the race. Ideally you’d like to see the horse that you’ve backed go to post in an easy, relaxed manner, striding out well and not pulling too hard.

Stretching out nicely to post

Going to the start calm and collected

Quite keen, but the jockey’s well in control

Cantering to post on a long rein

This horse is really pointing his toe

You definitely don’t want to see a horse going down with its head in the air, or trying to pull its jockey’s arms out of their sockets. If a horse goes to the start fighting for its head, it is expending valuable energy that should be conserved for the race itself.

Unsettled on the way to post

Taking too strong a hold

Provided that the horse is settled going to post, the way it moves can give a strong clue as to its ability to handle the prevailing surface. On firm ground, a horse that handles it will stretch out and really use its stride, but a horse that needs give in the ground may be reluctant to let itself down.

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