Better Land a Worthy 2014 Rosebud Contestant

August 8th, 2014

While contesting just one race start so far, trainer Peter Moody believes exciting colt Better Land has more than warranted his acceptance into the final field of this weekend’s Listed The Rosebud (1200m) at Royal Randwick.

Jumping from the gates well in the Turnbull Plumbing Plate (1100m) on April 6th, Better Land immediately took up position at the head of the pack, setting a fair tone over the back straight of the Sale track before comfortably strolling clear to find the line three lengths in the clear of his closest rival.

While unsure if the Shamardal colt at the talent to compete at the highest level of Australian racing at this point of his career, Moody said he believes there is a gap in class between the three-year-old fillies and males, and is confident Better Land has the class to capitalise.

He’s like everyone’s three-year-olds; we’re just hoping they improve sufficiently to measure up to the better grade,” Moody told Racing Victoria.

“Probably all of this season’s three-year-old colts are in the same bracket because none of them actually shone at two.

“The two best two-year-old colts are maidens, Jabali and Cornrow, so anyone with a three-year-old that they’ve got any opinion of are entitled to have a crack at what is supposedly the better grade.

“I think it is six months too soon, but to get seasoned he’s going to be taking on the better class.

“This guy is a well-bred colt that I’ve always had a good opinion of.”

While allocated the wide barrier 8 for the 2014 The Rosebud, Better Land is currently featured as sole occupant of the third line of betting for success at generous odds of $7.

Also winning one race from one start so far, Godolphin-owned Sarajevo has opened as and maintained status at outright favourite for The Rosebud, currently available at odds of $2.70 with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.

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