GO HARNESS COLOURS FEATURES AT ADDINGTON AND MELTON
Bettahanfast’s Addington win on Friday, January 31 in Australian Mick Harvey’s fluro go harness colours was an omen precursor to the go harness chances in the $A500,000 A G Hunter Cup in Melbourne 24 hours later.
It was a red-letter weekend for the group with their NZ-bred Grand Circuit performer King Of Swing leading throughout in the same colours in the hands of top WA horseman, Gary Hall jun.
King Of Swing (5h Rocknroll Hanover-Twist AndTwirl, by Artsplace-Giveitawhirlgirl), formerly a Australasian Breeders Crown 2YO winner for the Ray Green stable, and a WA Derby winner at three for the Gary Hall sen. stable, recently transferred to the stables of Craig Cross in Sydney following a decline in consistnt form in Perth under previous trainer Gary Hall Snr.
After leading throughout from the ace, King Of Swing kept kicking to hold trailer Our Uncle Same by half a head in a 1:55.4 rate for the 2760m. Chase Auckland, from three back on the outer, ran on for third for driver, Natalie Rasmussen.
King Of Swing (1:48.7), from an Artsplace sister to former useful Kentuckiana Lodge pacer Feels Like Magic (1:51.1, US, 20 wins & $261,728), has now won 20 of his 51 starts for earnings in excess of $500,000.
King Of Swing’s dam, Twist And Twirl (1:55.9, seven wins from 22 starts for $297,753) , formerly a stand-out filly when racing for the Allstars stables of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, is also the dam of Bettor’s Delight 4YO, Extreme Stride (1:56.7, three wins from 12 starts), who qualified for the Kentuckiana Lodge team and won one of three 2YO starts before being exported to Australia last year.
BETTATHANFAST-IM A GIGOLO QUINELLA AT ADDINGTON
A Bettahanfast-Im A Gigolo Kentuckiana Lodge quinella at Addington on Friday, January 31, elevated the first season training partnership of Cran Dalgety and Nathan Purdon to 32 domestic wins.
Gore Cup winner Bettathanfast furthered his consistent summer form, playing the iron horse over the 1980m trip in the hands of stable junior driver, Sarah O’Reilly.
Sarah had the Betterthancheddar gelding relaxed outside pacemaking favourite Mongolian Cavalry (Blair Orange), then put the leader to the sword on the home turn.
Bettathanfast took control early in the run home in th $11,500 SBSR Diamond Creek 2YO Prelude $12k-April 4 Mobile Pace, then held the improved run of stablemate Im A Gigolo (Matt Anderson), from three back on the outer, by half a neck.
The winner rated 1:57.6 (1980m), the leaders running their last 800m in 58s an 400m in 29.5s.
This was the sixtth in in 20 starts for Bettathanfast, taking his earnings to $59,695 for owners, Australian go harness promoter, Mick Harvey, colourful Canterburyt owner, Peter Baken, Grant Dickey, who raced many winners with the late Edward Wardwell (including top pacer Georgetown), and established Kentuckiana Lodge owners, Ross Stanbury, Gene Coates-Reid and Norm Cherry.