Archie Watson is one horse trainer who who knows where to find the winner's enclosure. In fact, I've read that some punters have critised the Upper Lambourn handler as ''just a two-year-old trainer''. I would consider that a positive than a negative for the reason that most horse trainers do not achieve many winners at any age group.
I'm sure if all those armchair trainers, and jockeys, had to do if for real, they would soon realise that winning any race is a very elusive thing.
Since 2016, Saxon Gate has seen an endless supply of winners. Being interested in two-year-old horse racing, I have followed Watson's success and he is probably one of the best trainers to finding debut winners.
In fact, he recently achieved his 400th UK winner.
It's fair to say that his juveniles are the focus of much attention and reason why the majority of early-season runners are at the top of the betting.
It's interesting to consider that a good number of his two-year-olds are relatively cheap purchases. He has a good mix of owners including Qatar Racing, Hambleton Racing and Ontoawinner syndicate who have seen some very talented juveniles.
At the start of each season, it is worth taking note of the stable's debutantes as they are trained to a very high level and mostly lead from the stalls. This is a big advantage for any two-year-old debutante as many of the opposition show signs of inexperienced.
So what are the key features to finding a winners for Archie Watson?
Over 50% of maiden/stakes winners will come by the end of June.
The majority of debut winners are priced at odds of 13/2 & less SP.
It's a similar story with two-year-olds on their second start.
One of the best pieces of information I can give about Watson's two-year-olds on their first and second start is not to bet on horse at big odds. The statistics suggest they have very little chance of winning.
In truth, the stable is the focus of many punters and bookmakers which means very few horses are value. However, that doesn't mean you cannot make money from betting on the stable's two-year-olds. But to do this, you will need to look at the specific rather than the general. I would pick the better bred horses early season and try to get in early and take the price rather than wait until near the off.
Archie Watson is one of the better two-year-old trainers in the country and his style of training for debutantes means not only are his horses fit and well but they have the education to take advantage of the opposition who may need a little more time to learn the ropes. I would suggest that many of Watson's juveniles win their race by leading from the stalls and gaining an easy advantage.
An exceptional trainer and someone you can rely to win races.
WINNER Outbox wins at Doncaster under a great ride from @HollieDoyle1 to give us our 400th UK Winner! Well done to his owners @HambletonRacing and to all the team at home! #winner #saxongate pic.twitter.com/N4AgCBFslp— Archie Watson Racing (@Archie_Watson) March 28, 2021