Cranbourne trainer Michael Hughes heads to Melton this Friday night hopeful that his freshman pacer Bettor Beau can acquit himself well in the $50,000 Group 2 Vicbred Platinum Classic for three-year-old colts and geldings.
The promising juvenile has posted two wins from his two starts to date with the latest coming in a qualifying heat of this series at Bendigo last week.
Bettor Beau started a solid second elect in his Bendigo assignment behind the Emma Stewart trained Best Of Beauty and was forced to sit outside that horse in a solidly run race.
Rounding the turn on the final occasion Bettor Beau briefly lost touch with the leader as he hung in but once he straightened for the run home the son of Bettors Delight dug deep to catch Best Of Beauty in the shadows of the post. Bettor Beau recorded a slick mile rate of 1:56:3 for the sprint trip and Hughes is confident his charge has what it takes to run a big race at Melton.
“He only came to me in early June but I really like him,” Hughes said.
“He is still fairly green but he is a strong horse who just keeps finding. With luck in running he should be thereabouts.”
Bettor Beau will be driven by leading reinsman Chris Alford who partnered the horse in his heat win and has an impeccable record in feature races.
“We were lucky enough to draw the front line which helps over the short trip and Chris will give him every chance. Hopefully the horse is good enough,” Hughes said.
On paper, Bettor Beau’s main rivals appear to be the unbeaten Emma Stewart trained Yankee Roller, who has drawn awkwardly on the inside of the second row, and Mended who won his heat of the series but draws the extreme outside on the back row.
By: David Scott
Photo: Clare Weston Photography