Queensland trainer Kelly Schweida has one 2013 Autumn Racing Carnival goal with Better Than Ready, win a Group 1 race.
While that is easier said than done, the exciting three-year-old has certainly signalled potential that suggests he could step up to the elite level.
The son of More Than Ready has won four of his six starts including in the Listed Brian Crowley Stakes at Randwick in October where he flashed home to break the 1200m track record.
Better Than Ready is down to run first-up in the Spotless Sprint (1100m) at Rosehill on Saturday but Schweida will wait until the final minute to decide whether he lines up.
“He’ll run at this stage provided the track isn’t a bog. The wet doesn’t bother him but he’s got 59 kilos and I don’t want to bust him first-up,” Schweida said.
The three-year-old is unbeaten first-up but his Eagle Farm trainer said wet weather in Queensland has left him slightly below ideal fitness for the first-up hit-out.
Regular jockey Rick McMahon will travel to Sydney to partner Schweida’s stable star who will carry the topweight of 59kg.
Provided all goes to plan this weekend, Better Than Ready will also have his next start in Sydney in the Group 2 Royal Sovereign Stakes (1200m) at Warwick Farm on February 16.
Schweida has not looked further than that as far as programming is concerned but said he will look for a suitable Group 1 race in an effort to increase the colt’s stud value.
One possible early autumn race is the Group 1 2013 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) on February 23 and he is also nominated March’s Group 1 2013 Newmarket Handicap.
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