The in-form stables of Shannon Price and Scott Miller have been further bolstered following the arrival of classic winning performer Beetson.
The former Gr.1 Bathurst Gold Crown winning juvenile and recent Gr.2 Carousel winner arrived in Brisbane in preparation for the Queensland winter carnival features this month.
His arrival adds further strength to the Price/Miller camp which already houses last start feature race winners Chevals Clivesdale and Bettor Promise.
Classy performers Caesars Folly, Terror Time, American Legend and emerging rookie Bettorthanspecial also add to the current depth in their roster.
“Beetson is a nice addition to the stable and a pleasant shock. We have Phil and Denise Thurston (Freedom Is) based with us currently and it was on their recommendation to the owners that Beetson join our stable during his Queensland campaign.” Shannon Price said.
The Art Major six-year-old arrives in the sunshine state as a last start winner at TABCORP Park, Menangle on June 24 when successful in a heat of the NSW Rising Stars.
Emerging talent Chris Geary took the winning drive.
“Beetson is still very loosely assessed for a pacer that has achieved as much as he has throughout his career, he comes north as a C3, M0 and R6 which gives us plenty of wiggle room.
“The obvious targets for him are the weekly Seymour Rising Stars Championship series, he can earn very good money working through his grades while the new metro structure will also make very good appeal before he returns back to Sydney to go through his metro races again once he’s done up here.
“He’s arrived in very good order, race fit and he’s settled in well so we’ll look at a race pretty soon with him. I’m happy to have him in the stable and I’m hopeful he’ll do a good job during his time with us, Peter (Trevor-Jones, owner/trainer) has given us all the info we need at this point to get him going.”
Meanwhile, last start Breeders Classic winner Chevals Clivesdale is likely to bypass the upcoming winter carnival features in preference for a southern campaign later this year.
Connections will not rush him in readiness for the Gr.3 $45,000 4yo Championship on July 19 at Albion Park.
“As strange as it sounds and because of his assessment (C4, M0, R7) we think it’s best to hold him back for a Sydney campaign later this year. If he wins the 4yo Championship, he will do three grades and that’s not a good for business.
“I will look at more Seymour Rising Stars Championship events before looking at a heat/final MO series at Menangle in November; we won’t push him for the sake of it.”
Exciting two-year-old fillies Bettor Promise and Bettorthanspecial will continue to be set for the Gr.2 $80,000 QBRED Triad Final on July 19.
By Chris Barsby (Harness Racing Australia)