FAVOURITE BETTATHANFAST HOLDS FLYIN MILLY MAC
Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety had the perfect result from two starters at Addington on Friday, May 3, providing the quinella in the lucky last, the $12,000 rating 54-57 Blue Star Taxis Mobile Pace.
Saluting was public elect Bettathanfast, but less fancied stablemate Flyin Milly Mac made the finish interesting from the nine gate, making the favourite kick back for a neck win.
Catch driver Samantha Ottley, driving Bettathanfast, delivered again for the punters on the same night she gained the richest win of her career in the $161,000 PGG Wrightson NZ Yearling Sales 2YO Pace with One Change.
Sam’s previous biggest win was behind the Mark Jones-trained Rocker Band in the $150,000 2016 Harness Jewels 4YO Diamond at Cambridge.
Bettathanfast provided Sam with her third win on the Addington programme, the final race win coming at the expense of Kentuckiana Lodge junior Nathan Purdon, who nearly staged a big upset with his daring drive on Flyin Milly Mac.
Nathan let a willing Flyin Milly Mac roll from the outside gate, working up outside leader Bettathanfast (ace) beginning the final lap.
Sam had to shake Bettathanfast up rounding the final turn as Flyin Milly Mac appeared to be travelling slightly better, but over the final 100m, the favourite found extra reserves.
Flyin Milly Mac just came to the end of her run over the final 30m, but the stablemates had the finish to themselves, with Cullens Bet (half-sister to Gemma Mac in the Brendon Hill stable) running on for third.
Bettathanfast rated a solid 1:57.5 for the 1980m, quickening over his last 800m in 56s and final 400m in 28.5s.
“He’s the only one I’ve had by Betterthancheddar (son of Bettor’s Delight),” said trainer, Cran Dalgety.
“He wasn’t at classic level but should win a few more handicap races,” he said.
Cran continues to be in a re-building phase with the stable, after losing a number of established race performers over the last 12 months.
“We’ve got quite a few nice young ones who will make the grade and I’m excited about them for the future,” he said.
Despite less racing numbers in recent months, the stable achieved its 17th win of the season with it’s lastest victory.