Better To Be Bad. Photo by Matt Smith.
Better To Be Bad warmed up for her tilt at the $25,000
Waikouaiti Cup with a win at the Forbury Park trials on
The Badlands Hanover mare, starting off a handicap of 25m,
beat seven rivals in a 2200m handicap pace in a corrected
time of 2.47.3.
The 5yr-old, driven by Andrew Faulks for trainer Steve
Ashton, was three lengths clear of Everton VC, with another
two lengths back to Mad Hatter.
The 2200m qualifying mobile pace produced four qualifiers,
including three for Waikouaiti trainer Bruce Negus. The
Negus-trained Highland Reign, a half-sister to Temudjin (six
New Zealand wins), paced the 2200m in 2.50.3, a half-length
clear of the Graham Bartlett-trained Verdun. The other two
qualifiers for Negus were Fancy Delight, a 3yr-old Washington
VC filly and The Shakey Mistress, who is the first daughter
of Pay Me Christian to qualify.
Weather, fine; track, fast.
Qualifying mobile pace, 2200m: Highland Reign A Faulks 1;
Verdun 2; Fancy Delight 3. Four started. L, 1L, 1L. Time,
2.50.3 (four qualified). Trainer, B Negus.
Qualifying trot, 2200m: Bono Hest A Faulks; Lady Hest 2. Two
started. 3L. Time, 3.10.6. Trainer, A Faulks.
Qualifying pace, 2200m: Heavenly Creature J Cox 1; Jay Cee
Mac 2. Two started. 16L. Time, 3.01. Trainer, K Dance.
0-5w special handicap pace, 2200m: Better To Be Bad (25m) A
Faulks 1; Everton VC 2; Mad Hatter 3. Eight started. 3L, 2L,
5L. Time, 2.47.3. Trainer, S Ashton.
0w mobile pace, 2200m: Rescarn A Malcolmson 1; Halfmoon Bay
2; The Jinja Ninja 3. Three started. 1L, 4L. Time, 2.53.3.
Trainer, R Straight.
1-2w special handicap trot, 2200m: Armori G McLay 1; French
Desire 2; Forrest Heights 3. Five started. 1L, 1L, 5 1/2L.
Time, 2.53.3. Trainer, G McLay.
0w trot, 2200m: Feather Boyz A Malcolmson 1; Speedy Success
2; Maple Twist 3. Six started. 4L, 3L, 17L. Time, 2.55.6.
Trainer, E Lamb.