Better Than Ready for Crack At 2013 Stradbroke Handicap – BTC Cup Contender

Boom Queensland colt Better Than Ready could be the forgotten horse in Saturday’s 2013 BTC Cup (1200m) at Eagle Farm where he will continue his road towards the $1.36 million 2013 Stradbroke Handicap (1200m).

Better Than Ready will line up in Saturday's BTC Cup. Photo: Daniel Costello.

Trainer Kelly Schweida has made it no secret he wants to chase Group 1 success with the son of More Than Ready and he will head down the traditional Queensland sprint path of the BTC Cup, 2013 Doomben 10,000 and then the Stradbroke.

The Stradbroke remains the primary goal but the youngster is not without a chance this weekend.

Better Than Ready will attempt to become the second straight three-year-old to win the $400,000 sprint after Sea Siren took top honours last year.

Jockey Ric McMahon believes the primary goal of the Stradbroke is Better Than Ready’s best chance at Group 1 glory this winter but isn’t conceding Saturday’s race to his higher profile rivals.

“The change to Eagle Farm does suit us with the longer straight … it gives us a bit more of a run in and a bit more time to pick up the leaders,” McMahon told News Limited.

“He is a genuine chance if things play into his hands, he can win, but certainly look out for him in the Stradbroke.”

Better Than Ready got his first taste on the big stage in the Newmarket Handicap in March where he finished fifth to Shamexpress.

He has since returned with a strong first-up win in the Listed Mick Dittman Plate.

To score his first Group 1 on Saturday Better Than Ready will have to overcome race favourite Buffering and Sydney travellers Sea Siren and Rain Affair.

Buffering worked strongly at Doomben this morning while Sea Siren pleased trainer John O’Shea with a tune-up at Randwick.

“She had a really good gallop,” O’Shea said.

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