Peter Chow rarely races his horses against each other.
One reason is that, with a small team in work from his Warrnambool stable, his horses rarely need to clash.
Another is that on the rare occasion that they do, he’s notoriously bad at predicting the outcome.
Take stable pin-ups Kent Street and Jazz Star.
The pair tackles Saturday’s $250,000 Country Mile Final (1600m) at The Valley and while last-start winner Jazz Star ($15 with Sportsbet) is half the price of Kent Street ($35), Chow is loath to split them.
“The both ran in the Port Fairy Cup over the summer, they’d galloped together before the race and I said Jazz Star would beat Kent Street,” Chow said.
“Kent Street absolutely brained her, so you’re asking the wrong person.
“Realistically, they’re up against it on Saturday, as the market suggests.
“Jazz Star probably won the weakest heat out of the lot of them and the other horse is deep into his preparation and he’s never won over 1600m.
“But they’re both drawn well to get their chance so that’s what we’re hanging our hat on.”