One of the most difficult things to assess is how pups moving out of the maiden ranks will do on the rise up the grading ladder. Some pups, who are outstanding, will have no trouble moving up until they reach grade A, which is a dog of a different color, so to speak.
Even the most outstanding pups will have trouble when reaching the top grade, and are usually over bet when they do. But I digress, and will return to that later. One way to discern how a pup will do when moving up is to look and see how other maidens have done after winning.
This will vary greatly from track to track. At some tracks, the pups are top notch and will be tough, and at other tracks, not so much, and will find trouble against older hounds. Do your homework and it will pay off. Back to pups who have risen up the ladder quickly into grade A. My advice is to try and beat these pups, as they are ALWAYS overbet and will frequently take some time to adjust to the top hounds. If they do beat you, take solace in that the payoff will be small, and if you win, the payoff will be great.
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