The only surprising aspect of Bettathanfast’s win in the Peek Exhibition Mobile Pace at Addington on Friday, March 29, was that it took him four starts to salute.
Bettathanfast, a 3YO gelded son of the Bettor’s Delight stallion, Betterthancheddar, had the misfortune to come up against subesquent Sires Stakes and Northern Derby winner Ultimate Sniper in his Addington debut on October 11.
He had to settle for second-best in a 1:58.6 rate for the 1950m, then second-up at Ashburton on Labour Day he was beaten into second by another All Stars youngster, Bettor My Dreamz, also in a 1:58.6 rate, this time over 2400m.
Bettathanfast was freshened after a creditable sixth from a horror outside second row alley in the $25,000 Hydroflow Cup Day Maiden, a race again dominated by the All Stars team, with Having The Faith scoring in a 1:56 rate for Mark Purdon over Slingshot and Portalegre.
There was one obvious course of action for trainer Cran Dalgety last Friday, booking Mark Purdon to drive the horse.
Ricky May, who had driven Bettathanfast in his first three starts, was required for one of three Brendon Hill starters in the race.
Cran has utlised the services of Mark Purdon several times this season, following last year’s departure of Dexter Dunn to North America.
Mark’s son Nathan, a junior driver at Kentuckiana Lodge, partnered the Cran Dalgety stablemate Arden Roanoke, but after trying to lead over the last lap, he tired to run 12th.
Bettathanfast, from the three gate, led briefly at the 1400m, trailed, was held up briefly when trying to work off the back of the battling Arden Roanoke at the 500m.
Once in the clear, Bettathanfast delivered for his army of supporters, who backed him down to $1.40 win favouritism.
He outfinished Glenthorne by half a length, winning in a 1:56.4 rate for the 1950m.
Bettathanfast, bred by Oamaru’s Ray and Maureen Beale, was passed in for $15,000 at the 2017 NZ Premier Yearling Sales.
He was later syndicated to a group of owners, including Peter Baken, Mick Harvey, Grant Dickey, Ross Stanbury, Gene Coates-Reid and Norm Cherry.
Bettathanfast becomes the 10th individual winner, and the fastest, for his three-win Wingspread dam, Fast Winger.
Her first winner Move Heaven Andearth (by Christian Cullen), won three, and is the dam herself of other useful winners in Earthbound (1:57.8, nine wins), Michelangelo (1:59.4, four wins) and former Canterbury pacer Saying Grace (1:56.7, 11 wins from 28 starts & $127,469), winner of the Group Two Christmas Gift Final in Perth last December.
Fast Winger’s other winners are Almost A Christian (1:57.5, four wins), Armbro Winger (2:00.3, seven wins), Fastroundtown (four wins), Valour Under Fire (four wins), Still Laughin (1:59.4, seven wins), Don’t Pass I’m Fast (1:58.8, Aust, six wins), Mach Winger (one) and Fast Official (one).
Bettathanfast has the attributes to add to a maternal family that earlier produced former stand-out winner, including top 1980s pacer Laser Lad (1:56.4, 15 NZ wins & $344,123), his trotting brother Lenin (1:59, 36 wins & $240,134), and big-winning 1970s pacer Game Lad (1:58.6, 12 wins).