The word underrated takes many forms but in betting parlance, punters are always looking for trainers that produce a good level stakes profit from a decent amount of runners. One trainer who has burst on the scene recently and is still a little beneath the radar is Heather Main – at the current time she is operating mainly at lower levels but in the future it would be possible to see her operating at a much higher level than she currently does.
Another point to remember is that the wider betting public are probably still wondering who she is and regard her runners with suspicion or scepticism. Main herself considers herself very ambitious and certainly when we have seen her interviewed she has come across as very determined and will make an impression within the training ranks. Those looking for horse racing betting tips should keep an eye on her.
Based at Kingston Lisle in Berkshire she has quietly been increasing her flow of runners and winners in the past few months despite the beginnings being somewhat inauspicious when she saddled her first runners in 2009 – five second places, mostly courtesy of Mam Ratagan were the highlights of that year. 2010 saw an upturn though with four winners two over jumps from the aforementioned Mam Ratagan and a brace of all-weather winners at Wolverhampton and Lingfield, to give a total of four winners for the year from 57 runners.2011 has proved the real catalyst to Main’s training career and she has already recorded double figure winners this year from just 60 runners. The majority of the winners have come on the Polytrack with the highlight for followers of the yard being the 100-1 success of Cody Wyoming at Lingfield in March, but she has produced four winners on turf, with one coming at the Newmarket Guineas meeting. People who bet on racing should remember this.
Like many smaller yards they can hit some real purple patches and Main had one of those in June when she sent out four winners from just six runners, since then the yard has been relatively quiet but Heather Main is definitely a trainer to keep on the “to follow” list and we doubt whether she will remain underrated for much longer if she continues her current rate of progress.