BETTATHANFAST IS 10th WINNER FROM EVERGREEN MARE FAST WINGER
A wonderful second-up performance from smart staying type Bettathanfast has Cran and Nathan wondering where his peak could be.
No horse was as impressive as the Betterthancheddar four-year-old at Addington on Friday, off the pegs after 600m to surge to the front and never tested after in rating 1:59.9 for the 2600m mobile.
“He was a bit sharper this week after the first up outing and only the draw (one on the second line) was the worry,” said Cran.
Betterthanfast soon had a clear break on them around the home turn and won easing down by three-lengths for Matt Anderson, his third win from just 11 starts, with four second placings also to his credit.
An amazing run for evergreen broodmare and dam Fast Winger (by Wingspread) continues with Bettathanfast, her tenth individual winner from her first 11 foals for Oamaru breeders Ray and Maureen Beale, while a Gold Ace three-year-old with John Howe named Fast Ace has qualified.
Fast Winger left her first foal in 2003, Move Heaven Andearth, who won three from 27 for Sean McCaffrey before being retired to stud.
The Christian Cullen mare has already left three smart winners in Earthbound (9 wins), Michelangelo (4 wins) and Saying Grace (5 wins).
Fast Winger’second foal was Armbro Winger (7 wins) then a smart sort in Almost A Christian who won four from eight for Mark Purdon and placed third in the Alabar Classic at Auckland in his last start behind Stunin Cullen and Gotta Go Cullect, and died soon after.
Fastroundtown, Valour Under Fire (both 4 wins), Still Laughin (7 wins), then Mach Winger, Fast Official, Dont Pass i’m Fast, and Bettathanfast extend a grand run for the not-so-high profile broodmare who achieves like a Queen..