The Odyssey continues to fly the flag for Better Than Ready
Queensland stallion Better Than Ready continued his meteoric rise when notching up his first million dollar runner.
Better Than Ready’s son The Odyssey achieved millionaire status at Doomben last Saturday when dominating first-up in the $100,000 Quality Handicap.
A $30,000 Magic Millions purchase from Better Than Ready’s first crop, The Odyssey’s win took his earnings to $1,063,825 from 20 lifetime starts for nine wins and five placings.
Standing at Lyndhurst Stud on the Darling Downs, Better Than Ready is a son of super stallion More Than Ready and was a very fast racehorse who broke the Randwick course record when winning the 1200 metres Brian Crowley Stakes (Group 2).
He went to stud in 2015 and during his first four seasons at Lyndhurst he stood for $9,900, but some spectacular results from his first crop to hit the racetracks of Australia resulted in his fee rising to $33,000.
With the spectacular results from his first racing crops, Better Than Ready served 216 mares last spring and he’s now firmly established as a commercial stallion.
The Odyssey was one of Better Than Ready’s 23 individual winners of 38 races in Australia from his first crop and his progeny have trained on in impressive fashion.
Already this season he has had 15 individual winners to take his career tally to 135 starters for 75 individual winners of 151 races.
But when you compare Better Than Ready’s record against super stallions it’s apparent he’s a serious stallion.
In the 2018-2019 season Better Than Ready’s 23 winners of 38 races compares very favourably with I Am Invincible’s 27 winners of 36 races and Snitzel’s 23 winners of 29 races.
It’s not unusual for a young stallion to start his stud career in a blaze of glory and then fade away, but for Better than Ready it’s been more of the same.
And the 2019-2020 season was no different with Better Than Ready third best sire of two-year-old winners with 17 winners from 45 runners. Snitzel headed the table with 60 runners for 28 winners and I Am Invincible was next with 61 starters for 24 winners.
But contrast the fees that these super stallions attract this spring. I Am Invincible’s standing at $209,000 and Snitzel is $165,000 while Better Than Ready commands $33,000.