‘Betty’ and Brent have the aid of the ace

03:53 PM 11 Dec 2013 NZDT
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Champion mare Bettor Cover Lover Brent and Diane Mangos
Champion mare Bettor Cover Lover - Will shoot for three straight Queen Of Hearts on Friday.
Brent and Diane Mangos
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Bettor Cover Lover will shoot for three straight Queen Of Hearts victories at Alexandra Park  on Friday night and there is only one thing standing in her way – Adore Me.

In what looks to be a sequel to the Bettor Cover Lover and Carabella show, these two magnificent mares are set to clash for the first time. But, while pacing princess Adore Me is coming into the $100,000 feature in scintillating form, the same can’t be said for the champion Brent Mangos & Hayden Cullen trained mare.

“Things didn’t quite go right for her in Perth,” said Mangos. “She struggled with the heat over there and she was tormented by the mosquitoes,” he added.

Bettor Cover Lover’s best result during her three-start Perth campaign was a third in the $40,000 Norms Daughter Classic, but Mangos says that horrible barrier draws were also detrimental to her Australian raid.

 “Gloucester Park is a tight turning track and if you are not handy you virtually have no show.”

Bettor Cover Lover travelled to Melbourne last week where she was looked after by co-trainer Hayden Cullen, before flying home to Auckland on Saturday night.

“We haven’t done too much with her since she has been back but she is fit and healthy and seems well,” Mangos enthused. “She has done a bit of swimming and has had a couple of runs on the beach. We are really just trying to freshen her up,” he added.

Mangos said that he would have liked to have had another week up his sleeve before the Queen Of Hearts, but he is still very confident of a bold showing.

“She loves racing at Alexandra Park and she has the draw in her favour,” said Mangos.

Gate flier Spirit And Desire has drawn in two, while Adore Me has barrier three to work with, but Mangos is confident that ‘Betty’ has the speed to lead.

“She will definitely hold up from the one draw,” insisted Mangos. “I will just let her run the gate as quick as she wants to and go from there.

“I am happy to try for an all the way win but I will just play it by ear,” he added.

Mangos didn’t go as far as to say that Bettor Cover Lover will beat Adore Me on Friday, but he certainly isn’t conceding defeat.

“I know that Adore Me effortlessly won the Northern Breeders Stakes last week, but if my mare brings her ‘A’ game she will take some beating,” he concluded.

While the Queen Of Hearts will undoubtedly be the headline act on Friday, there is also plenty of mouth watering prospects on the undercard including the Kumeu Founders Cup, the Alabar Classic, heat one of the Young Guns, and heat four of the Alabar Sires Stakes.

The latter will see last week’s Ladyship Stakes winner Venus Serena go head-to-head with Libertybelle Midfrew, who was an emphatic fresh-up winner at Timaru in track record time. That race is the first leg of the $40,000 Pick Six and I think you can safely negotiate your way through it with just the two runners on your ticket.

*Attatched is the video of Bettor Cover Lover winning the 2012 Queen Of Hearts


  • The Promising Prime Power will take on a smart field of trotters including Stent in race one at 5.17pm
  • The two-year-olds will compete in the first heat of the Young Guns at 7.15pm
  • Venus Serena will clash with Libertybelle Midfrew in race seven at 8.20pm
  • A quality field on three-year-olds will do battle in the Alabar Classic at 8.50pm.
  • Bettor Cover Lover and Adore Me will clash in the Queen Of Hearts at 9.21pm
  • The Kumeu Founders Cup at 9.51pm

By Mitchell Robertson

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