BETTATHNFAST WINS SOUTHERN COUNTRY CUP
The stable advanced to 29 wins for the season when Bettathanfast continued his good intermediate-grade form by taking out the $14,800 Mataura Licensing Trust Gore Cup on December 27.
The favourite stepped well from the inside of the 10m line for premiership-setting driver Blair Orange, moving out to take cover three wide in the running line.
Blair made a play for the lead at the 1500m, taking over from third favourite Lawrence at the 1400m.
Bettathanfast kept up going to hold by half a neck in 3:29.6 for the stand start 2700m in the easy conditions, picking up the pace over his last 800m in 58.4s and final 400m in 28.4s.
“I thought he would be suited to the country cups this season, so that’s a good start getting a win in the southern series,” said Cran.
Bettathanfast,a four-year-old gelding by Betterthancheddar from Fast Winger, was racking up his fifth win in 18 starts, taking his earnings to $52,970.