Two Better Than Ready’s Prep for $125,000 2YO Classic Showdown

A wealth of knowledge in thoroughbred bloodlines convinced Brisbane racehorse owner Robbie Zuttion that the progeny of first season sire Better Than Ready were going to be valuable assets to acquire.

Zuttion got two of the stock of the now famous BTR brand at last year’s Capricornia Yearling Sale in Rockhampton and now he and the connections of both horses, Tiger Love and Hezhome are in enviable positions.

Tiger Love, the neat brown daughter of the seven times Falvelon winning mare Tiger Dimejan was knocked down to Zuttion for $50,000 as one of the last lots of the 2018 sale.

Just a few minutes earlier he purchased Lot 109, a bay colt from the unraced Get Square mare The Duchess for $6000 which he said he did “on spec”.

Now the pair are in the top bracket of contenders for the $125,000 CYS 2YO Classic (1200m) at Callaghan Park on April 13.

Tiger Love, raced by members of Robbie’s family as well as a large group of shareholders, emerged as a leading prospect for the Classic when a game winner from Spirit House at her second race appearance at the Gold Coast on March 9.

She has already returned $27,900 towards her fifty-grand sale ring price from just two starts under the guidance of Brisbane trainer Chris Munce.

Zuttion leased his spec buy, which races as Hezhome to Roma trainer Craig Smith who formed a syndicate of 12 owners including family, friends and former clients.

At Callaghan Park races last Thursday, Hezhome was ultra-impressive winning his second successive race on the Rockhampton track and taking his earnings to $38,200.

Naturally, Zuttion and rightly so, was on Friday singing the praises of both youngsters.

“I shared in the ownership of Bagus who won the CYS 2YO Classic in 2016 and I can tell you that that filly would not live with these two youngsters. Tiger Love has been flying since her Gold Coast win and Chris (Munce) believes she is a city class filly”, Zuttion said.

In support of his glowing report on Tiger Love it is worth nothing that the filly trialled super impressively at Doomben earlier this week when a nose second over 840 metres behind Encieh.

Zuttion said Craig Smith had done an outstanding job with Hezhome who he also has a very high opion about.

He confirmed that Gold Coast rider Scott Galloway would maintain his association with Tiger Love on April 13.

In common with the growing chorus of acclaim about last year’s CYS already producing 11 individual two-year-old winners which are destined to clash in the Classic, Zuttion had this to say.

“I believe that to have 11% percent of winners from a yearling sale at this stage of the racing season is unheard of. It is history and I have no doubt about that. I will be buying more yearlings at the Rocky Sale on April 14”, he said.

Tolga trainer Roy Chillemi will use Saturday’s $25,500 QTIS 3YO Handicap (1250m) at Cairns as a lead-up for his 3&4YO CYS Classic (1300m) hopeful Bank Teller.

Already the winner of $58,200 from two wins and as many placings, Bank Teller (gr f 3 Wicked Style (USA)-Special Deposit x Special Dane) cost $25K at the 2017 CYS.

Chillemi would not commit to a Rocky start until after Saturday and not before he had time to study the paid-up entries for the race which is run under Benchmark handicapping conditions.

“I hope to make it down there and get to the yearling sale. We will just have to see”, he said.

Oakland’s Stud will offer a half-sister to Bank Teller by Sidereus at the Sunday sale.

Meanwhile, senior jockey Nathan Day will be replaced by claiming apprentice jockey Jag Guthmann-Chester when top 3YO filly Cyclone Topgirl contests a lucrative QTIS 3YO Handicap (1200m) at Toowoomba next Saturday.

Rocky jockey Dale Evans heads off to ride at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday while the Emerald races set for Saturday have been abandoned.

Callaghan Park barrier trials set for Friday were washed out with fresh trials now planned for Tuesday.