Trainer Kelly Schweida has Group 1 ambitions for lightly raced three-year-old Better Than Ready, which lowered Randwick’s 1200m track record to 1:08.19 in the Listed ATC Brian Crowley Stakes in Sydney on Saturday.

Better Than Ready ($140,000 2011 Easter, 3c More Than Ready) sat off a hot speed in the black type event before mowing down his rivals close to the post. The colt held a long neck margin on Group 2 winner Jolie Bay at the finish, with Brave Soul a further length away in third.

The previous Randwick 1200m track record was set by Widden Stud stallion Northern Meteor when winning the 2008 edition of the Brian Crowley Stakes in 1:08.32.  The son of Encosta De Lago won the Group 1 VRC Coolmore Stud stakes at Flemington at his next start, a feat that Better Than Ready may attempt to emulate.

“The Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington is there in the back of our mind,” said Schweida, who would also like to aim higher for the Group 1 BRC Stradbroke Handicap back in his own state of Queensland next year.

“It [Stradbroke] is a race that has a good record for three-year-olds and it’s a race I’ve always thought would suit him.

“He has always shown a lot and I think he could be the best I have trained.”

Bred by Ian Smith, who also bred Hong Kong Champion Sprinter Silent Witness, Better Than Ready (pictured) was purchased as Lot 28 by Schweida for $140,000 from the draft of Newgate Farm at the 2011 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

Interestingly, the next yearling (Lot 29) offered after Better Than Ready at the 2011 Easter Sale was Group 1 MRC Blue Diamond Stakes winner Samaready, which is also by Vinery Stud’s outstanding stallion More Than Ready.

Better Than Ready has won four of his six career starts and earned $160,000 for his owners Goldstar Thoroughbreds (Mgr: D C Hayes), J D Maclean, S Duselis, R J Zuttion, C R Frampton, D P Tynan, B P Tobin, A Salpietro & M A Tobin.


SUPERBLY bred filly Brave Soul looks closer than ever to a break through stakeswin of her own after consecutive placings in Listed races this spring including in Saturday’s Brian Crowley Stakes (1200m) at Randwick.

Owned and bred by prominent industry figure Peter Horwitz, Brave Soul is a daughter of super sire More Than Ready out of ace mare Soul Singer (by Danehill).

Soul Singer is already the dam of two stakeswinning fillies namely multiple Group 3 winner Solar Charged and the Tasmanian Oaks winner, Causeway Queen.

Brave Soul was finishing fast at the end of the 1200m on Saturday behind Better Than Ready.

At her previous start, Brave Soul was 0.5-lens second in the Listed Reginald Allen Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens.