Queensland stallion Better Than Ready continues to rack up winners after bringing up his 49th winner of the season last weekend.
Two year-old filly Better Than Best was a dominant 5.8 length winner at Ipswich on Sunday. Prepared by Tony & Maddy Sears at Toowoomba, Better Than Best was bred by well known Brisbane racing identity Andrew Grant-Taylor, and retained to race.
Grant-Taylor has enjoyed good success in recent times thanks to the deeds of the recently retired I Am Invincible filly, Invincibella, a $3m earner for the Chris Waller Star Thoroughbreds combination.
Sunshine Coast was the main metropolitan meeting in Queensland for the week and this heralded a sparkling debut win for another Better Than Ready two year-old filly.
Eelloh defeated a strong line up of two year-olds on debut over 1200m for Eagle Farm trainer Desleigh Forster.
Among the Eelloh ownership group is respected Brisbane racing administrator Mary Collier.
Collier has enjoyed good success with a number of high class gallopers from the Forster yard including Adebesi and Chapter And Verse.
Eelloh was an inexpensive $20,000 yearling purchase from the 2019 QTIS Magic Millions March Sale.
Bred by Basil Nolan’s Raheen Stud, Eelloh is named after the popular seventies band, Electric Light Orchestra (better known by the abbreviation ELO).
Rounding out a trio of winners for Better Than Ready was the long priced Gold Coast winner Iced.
Recording his third win, Iced defeated a good group of three year-olds including Moonee Valley winner, Ruuca who was a warmly supported favourite for the Toby & Trent Edmonds camp.
Standing at Queensland’s historic Lyndhurst Stud, Better Than Ready has been an amazing success at stud with 23 winners from his first crop in the 2018-19 season.
His second crop has pushed him further up the breeding premiership tables and he must rate as the leading stallion in Queensland.
At last month’s Magic Millions Sale on the Gold Coast he was to top performing stallion when his 35 of 41 yearlings on offer sold for an aggregate of $1,548,000 at an average of $44,229.
The success of Better Than Ready’s first crop has been observed by breeders and he attracted 216 mares last spring while he covered 236 mares in the 2018 spring.
Better Than Ready commenced his stallion career in 2015 and attracted a $9900 service fee for his first four seasons until his brilliant first crop results saw the fee boosted to $33,000 last spring.
His major Queensland rival Spirit Of Boom served 170 mares last spring while his 2018 book was 218 mares.
Spirit of Boom stood his first season in 2014 for $11,000 and that fee was maintained until 2018 when it was increased to $55,000 before being lowered to $44,000.