Amazing he hasn't won yet Every now and again, in horse racing, you get a result that represents the ultimate frustration. You know you are on the right track but don't have anything to show for it. That's exactly how it feels with the John Size-trained Amazing One, the Canny Lad gelding who has had three starts for the champion Australian trainer (and likewise for followers of the Ready To Win stable) and has run three terrific races without winning one. Last week, he looked to have his Class Three race over 1,400 metres won to the wide world when Douglas Whyte allowed him to amble up outside Goodwood at the 200 metres, only to have the Tony Millard-trained chestnut fight back to beat him. A study of ratings shows that Amazing One has now hit a very solid level of consistency and, although he has had three runs for three defeats, he's more 'ready to win' than ever. Horses with his performance pattern can't help but go forward at their next start and, for that reason, we'll be cutting him some slack and leaving him in the stable for one more start, even though the basic rules of the game would have him put aside. A projection of Amazing One's current form pattern will see him capable of running a figure that would, simply put, make him a good thing in Class Three. After three runs, he certainly owes us a big one, and we're going to have him onside when it happens. Other runners last weekend: Five Grains ran a nice race in the final event, won by Helene Pillaging from Shogun, and confirmed his excellent performance at Happy Valley at his previous start (over the unsuitable 1,000m) and his subsequent barrier trial win. Millard has this chestnut galloper in prime condition and he must be kept in the stable, for a win awaits as soon as he gets to his pet 1,600-metre distance. Master Able had his first start for our team and the only thing we can do is forget he ever went around. From a tricky alley, he was trapped wide and met interference that carried him back through the field. On face value, the performance was ordinary but he was a victim of so much bad luck that we absolutely must keep him in the stable and give him another chance. What is Ready To Win? For those who weren't aware of the Ready To Win stable at the start of the season, this may be a good time to provide you with guideline as to how the stable works. The Racing Post team launched the 2004-05 racing season with an insiders look at some of the horses most likely to succeed in the early part of the new term. These are the horse that have ability, look to be training well and - most significantly - are READY TO WIN! Racing editor Murray Bell, chief racing writer Alan Aitken and trackman-tipster Clint Hutchison have been joined by the Jockey Club's popular English-language commentator Mark Richards to provide you with a team of horses that you can profitably follow in the new term. The READY TO WIN team started off as a stable of 12, with three horses consigned by each of our experts. They are managed like a real stable, and we'll reserve the right to hire and fire with some aggressive, profit-conscious management. The guidelines are that each of the horses will have three chances for the stable before being released. If a horse warrants one more chance after three runs, he may be given it. Or if his first two runs are too far below par, he may be sacked one run early. For every sacking, there will be a new horse added; If they aren't READY TO WIN, they don't get a start. Stable additions this week: With no sackings from the team, we are left with a full side of 12 and therefore no room for stable additions. Full stable: Amazing One, Bullish General, Captain Happy, Fat Choy Forever, Five Grains, Gold Striker, Great Idea, Lightning Star, Master Able, Summerville Power, Thousand Wins, Zabebe, Total 12. This week's runners: None May we take this opportunity of wishing all our Ready To Win followers a happy and prosperous New Year.