Bettor’s Delight’s outstanding son Have Faith In Me served noticed to all, that he just maybe the best pacer in Australasia with his 1.48.8 victory in the Group One Chariots of Fire at Menangle. The 4yo has staggering high speed and all round game to suggest that the Miracle Mile against the big boys on February 28th, will certainly not be beyond him. He has now bank rolled over $870,000 from just 21 lifetime starts. One horse standing in his way will be Beautide, who was an effortless winner of the Group One Coca Cola sprint in 1.50.7. The son of Bettor’s Delight now has $2.1 million on his card and this was career win number 42! Plenty of other winners for the champion stallion, with Dodolicious leading in a Bettor’s trifecta on the $50,000 Dainty’s Daughter classic at Gloucester Park, Spanish Armada was an impressive debut winner at Auckland and Soho Tokyo has now earned over $150,000 in stakes following her victory at Ballarat. American Ideal had no fewer than 17 winners on both sides of the ditch. The highlight was Luisanabelle Midfrew victory in the $150,000PGG Wrightson 3yo fillies final at Addington. Superbly driven Matthew Williamson and trained to the minute by Nigel McGrath, the win took her lifetime earnings over $126,000. Other good winners included Ideal Tyson in 1.54.7 at Menangle, Perfect Storm at Auckland, Pocket Of Jewels at Timaru and Issac won at Albion Park in 1.55.4. For Pegasus Spur, Desert Flyer kept the French punting public happy with victory at Melton and classy mare Paramount Dream was a winner at Auckland for John and Josh Dickie.
Leviathan stallion Bettor’s Delight was once again keenly sought after as the 2016 yearling’s sales commenced in Melbourne. The first of a number of sales, was well attended and the market was certainly on the up. Outstanding yearling preparer Annie Dalton was at the top of her game preparing two sons of Bettor’s Delight, for Ross Gange and the results spoke for themselves. Lot 112 was sold for $140,000 and Lot 164 was sold for $106,000. Another colt consigned by Pinaroo Park by Bettor’s Delight sold for $91,000. Great to see a number of American Ideal’s making their way through the sale ring in Australia. He had two quality colts both make $36,000. Away from the sale ring the winners kept coming for Bettor’s Delight with Our Dream About Me remaining undefeated after 10 starts, following a 1.54.4 victory at Menangle, Bettor Draw paced 1.52.8 on the same cardand Alta Las Vegas won at Auckland. American Ideal’s daughter Start Dreaming put her hand up to be part of the Ladyship mile when she sat in the chair at Menangle in 1.51.7, Baby She Rocks won the $25,000 3yo fillies sales classic at Gloucester Park, Soho Tribeca was a 1.56.1 winner at Geelong and Perfectly Ideal won at Winton. For Pegasus Spur, his son Pegasus Dream scored career win number seven with victory at Waikouaiti.
Outstanding 3yo Lazarus produced one of the great Victorian Derby victories in the top races rich history when he contested the event at Melton. Afforded no favours at any stage of the race, the son of champion stallion Bettor’s Delight was wide early and sat in the chair through a punishing final half to score an outstanding victory. He paced his final half in 54.7 and closing quarter in 26.4. Put in perspective, he paced 0.7 seconds quicker for his last half than the winner of the Victoria Cup and sat in the death in doing so. He has clearly stamped himself as the best 3yo ‘down under’. For Bettor’s Delight other good winners included Ohoka Punter who won the Pure Steel at Melton, which is a key lead up race to the Hunter Cup, Have Faith In Me sat parked to win the Group 2 Paleface Adios at Menangle and he is now nominal favourite for the Chariots of Fire and champion pacer Beautide is headed towards the Miracle Mile following an effortless victory at Menangle. American Ideal’s top son Bling It On, became his first millionaire ‘down under’ when he ran a gutsy race in the Victorian Cup. He has been at all the races along the way and has always bought his ‘A Game’. American Ideal’s son Star Of Dionysis remains undefeated in Australia, following his victory in the Central Victorian Pacing Championships. The Andy Gath trained pacer defied all challengers to the $20,000 race. American Tart was an impressive Invercargill winner and looks headed for bigger things, she paced home in 55.5. Pegasus Spur enjoyed a good week with winners in Southland Reflector, Sarah Lindenny and Monty Python who all won in the shaky isles. With February here, the annual round of yearling sales commences in Melbourne on February 7th, we wish all vendors the best of luck.
Bettor’s Delight’s unsurpassed siring dominance continued when his outstanding four year old son, Have Faith In Me was a winner of the 2015 Auckland Cup. His performance in outstaying his rivals over the 3200 metre trip, was sign of bigger things to come, he has now earned over $710,000 in stakes. This was his 5th Group One win. His driver Tim Williams handled the horse with aplomb and the All Stars stable continued their recent dominance of New Zealand feature races. On the same card, Bettor’s Delight sired the 3yo Sales Series winner in Lazarus, he has now won over $480,000 in stakes and is clearly New Zealand’s best 3yo and will take his unbelievable closing speed across the ditch to contest the Victorian Derby. Other good winners for the champion stallion included Kept Under Wraps who was impressive in winning the Intercity Pace final at Maitland in record time, Burnaholeinmypocket is headed for the Chariots of Fire following a first up victory at Cranbourne and Emmanuel was a winner at Geelong. American Ideal saw the new year in with style with a number of winners including Seel The Deal who was an impressive winner twice at the West Coast meetings conducted over the holiday period, Barry Purdon’s classy mare Democratic Party was a winner on Auckland Cup Day, Novena Rose was a 1.55 winner at Melton for Andy Gath and Luisanabelle Midfrew won in trying conditions at Rangiora. Wilma’s Mate was a shining light for Pegasus Spur, with multiple victories on West Coast circuit, Never Fear and Donna May provided the leading trotting stallion with a double at Banks Peninsula and Sarah Lindenny was a winner at Rangiora.