BETTATHANFAST WINS FIRST-UP IN AUSSIE GO HARNESS COLOURS
Bettathanfast showed a good sense of timing at Addington last Friday, winning first-up in the bright yellow (lime) fluro Australian go harness racing colours of Sydney co-owner, Mick Harvey.
The promising Betterthancheddar gelding had placed in two of his three earlier starts in Cran Dalgety’s maroon and white
Kentuckiana Lodge stable colours.
“A lot of Mick’s thoroughbreds have won in those colours and he asked if Bettathanfast could race in them, so we said sure, why not?,” Cran said.
Mr Harvey’s most notable harness ownership was earlier co-racing Australian Grand Circuit pacer Hectorjayjay (1:50.5, 43 wins & $1.1 million), who famously defeated previous Kentuckiana Lodge star Christen Me in the 2016 Sunshine Sprint at Albion Park.
Other smart harness horses Mr Harvey’s Go Racing Syndicates race include former NZ pacers, last month’s Charlton Cup winner Cant Refuse (runner-up to Kentuckiana Lodge star Im Pats Delight in a Ballarat Inter Dominion Pacing Heat in December), My Harmony Blue (1:52 daughter of Betterthancheddar and Gotta Go Harmony) and former NZ-trained Australasian Breeders Crown 2YO colts and geldings champ, the now Perth-based King Of Swing.
Bettathanfast’s NZ owners also include the colourful Peter Baken, who has horses in various Canterbury stables, 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, this trio having earlier had shares in the Master Moonlite, a subsequent Queensland Derby winner.
Ross Stanbury’s list of top winners include the classy lightly-raced pacer, and now sire, Raging Bull (five wins and five seconds from 10 starts), and former NZ Welcome Stakes winner, Orl Black (1:51, US), while he also co-races this season’s Group One-placed filly, Buzinga.
Bettathanfast, who won in a slick 1:56.4 rate (1980m) last week in the hands of Mark Purdon, steps up in grade to a rating 55-63 pace over 1980m this Friday.
Mr Harvey’s fluro colours, with light blue go harness collar and cuffs, won’t be hard to spot on Bettathanfast in the $20,000 Blue Star Taxis Mobile Pace.
Coming in on a rating 55, Bettathanfast has the ace draw under the preferential draw barrier system, but it will be a significant jump with the rest of the field having 61-63 ratings.
He meets seasoned pacers like Group One NZ Breeders Stakes-placed Enchantee, exciting unbeaten Southland visitor U May Collect, a last-start in 1:52.1 (1609m) winner at Winton on March 23, and the speedy Robert Dunn-trained fillies, Nakuru (1:55.2) and Chevron Supreme (1:56.7).
Adding further spice to the mix are the in-form Brendon Hill stablemates, Flying Mister Ideal and Double O Heaven, and the consistent Geoff Dunn-trained five-year-old, Doctor Tim.