Eagle Farm Start for Better Than Ready Ahead of 2013 Autumn Racing Carnival

Plans for a 2013 Oakleigh Plate tilt may have been interrupted due to wet weather but Better Than Ready will get the chance to show why trainer Kelly Schweida thinks he can be a Group 1 horse when he contests an Open Handicap (1000m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

The three-year-old was down to run at Rosehill on Saturday before Schweida decided against giving him a tough first-up run on a heavy 10 track.

Schweida had also planned for the More Than Ready colt to contest the Royal Sovereign Stakes (1200m) at Warwick Farm on February 16 but has now scrapped that idea.

The Eagle Farm trainer also said it could be a bit too tight a time frame to make it to the Oakleigh Plate (1100m) on February 23.

Schweida has made it no secret that he wants to land a Group 1 victory with Better Than Ready this year in an effort to increase his value as a potential stallion prospect.

Clearly one of the most promising gallopers to come out of the sunshine state, the winner of four of six starts created plenty of hype when he was heavily backed prior to his debut in April.

He duly responded with a 1 1/2 length win before having just one more start prior to a break.

Better Than Ready came back as a three-year-old to record three victories and a second from four starts.

Among that was his breakthrough win at stakes level when he broke the Randwick 1200m track record in the Listed Brian Crowley Stakes (1200m).

He is nominated for the Newmarket Handicap for which is rated a $41 chance in the bookmaker.com.au fixed odds market.

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