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.
Outstanding 3yo pacer Lazarus, bought his ‘A’ game across the ditch to easily win his heat of the Victorian Derby at Ballarat. The son of champion stallion Bettor’s Delight will be nominal favourite for the blue riband classic to be held at Melton on Victoria Cup night. Lazarus sat in the chair to win his heat and did so in a 1.56.5 mile rate. This was win number 11 in a career of just 13 starts and he has bankrolled over $500,000 in stakes. Lazarus’s stablemate Have Faith In Me crossed the ditch also but was in Sydney to prepare for the Chariots of Fire, he too was an effortless winner in 1.52 and change against his older rivals, he was one of three winners sired by Bettor’s Delight on the same card, the others to greet the judge where Ivegottalife and Express Stride. American Ideal had a very good week on both sides of the Tasman, with a number of winners. American Spirit remains undefeated following a tough win at Wyndham, American Tart was a very impressive winner on debut at Marlborough in the hands of John Dunn, she scooted home in 56.4. In the Sunshine state he sired winners in American Legend at Albion Park and Margins at Redcliffe. Out west, the Woodlands Stud bred That’s Rite was an easy winner at Bunbury and American Angel scored at Albany and at Rotorua he sired a double when Wave Song and Hartofdixie both won on the grass. For resident trotting stallion Pegasus Spur, Fiftyshadesofbrown was a winner at Warrugal.