Two-year-old pacer Bettor Beau created a big impression when he won on debut at Yarra Glen on Monday afternoon. The pacer was one of four unraced youngsters entrusted to local trainer Michael Hughes after the passing of veteran owner, breeder and trainer Arthur Fullwood earlier this year and carried Fullwood’s colours of purple and gold to victory on Monday.
A son of leading sire Bettors Delight and handy race mare Narree Belle, Bettor Beau has been with Hughes for around 8 weeks and had shown promise in recent trials at Cranbourne and Warragul ahead of his first race assignment.
Given time to settle after the start by driver Greg Sugars, Bettor Beau travelled comfortably in the coveted one out and one back trail with the well fancied You Ninety Two setting a solid tempo at the head of the field.
Rounding the turn on the final occasion You Ninety Two kicked clear and set up a handy lead. But Bettor Beau stuck bravely to his task and reeled in the leader with 50 metres to go and won running away by four metres on the line.
“He’s been steadily improving week by week since he arrived and I gave him a good chance first up,” Hughes explained after the race.
“Greg said he was lucky to stay pacing after the start when the pole horse ran up the track but he settled really well in the run,” Hughes said. “Once they straightened he really knuckled down and won well. I like the horse”
Hughes was left to lament the fact that he wasn’t able to support his horse with a small wager as a result of the technical difficulties which beset Tabcorp before the running of the first race on the program.
“I was really stoked with the win but gutted at the same time,” Hughes joked later. “I haven’t fancied one at good odds for some time and called one of the blokes from the stable when I realised I couldn’t get on on-course. But it was all too late and by the time he got through they’d jumped.
Bettor Beau will now be given an easy time in the paddock for four or five days before being aimed at the Group 2 Vicbred Platinum Homegrown Series in September. Heats of the series, restricted to Vicbred three year olds with earnings of less than $10,000, will be run at Bendigo on 7 September with the $50,000 final to be run at Melton on 15 September.
He deserves a crack at the Platinum Series and so I’ll give him an easy time for the rest of the week and get him ready for the heats at Bendigo,” Hughes said.
By David Scott
Photo: Claire Weston Photography