Day At The Track

First two-year-old winner in 1:55.8

06:38 PM 04 Dec 2014 NZDT
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Business In Motion
2013 Leeton Breeders Plate winner Business In Motion. Trainer Colin Thomas has set Bettermatch for the January 1 event

Riverina trained harness racing pacer Bettermatch was successful in the season's first two-year-old event at Maryborough on Thursday afternoon.

What was so impressive is that the Kenneth J first starter stopped the clock at a 1:55.8 seconds mile rate for the 1680 metres.

Driven by Nathan Jack Bettermatch is trained by Colin Thomas, the same man who puts the polish on smart pacer Business In Motion. Business In Motion took out the Leeton Breeders Plate final in 2013 and Thomas has his current star ready for the $25,000 event.

"We always knew he was above average and I didn't travel 500km's to Maryborough just to give him a run," said Thomas.

"He'd won his three trials and we hadn't really asked him for an effort. Today he was asked and he responded."

Bettermatch will no doubt be set for the June 2015 NSW Breeders Challenge with eligibility provided by having a NSW based mare in Lively Match. The mare was purchased by Robert and Patricia Wakeman as a claimer for $1,500 at Junee in 2009.

"I've paid him up for most of his races including the Bathurst Gold Crown," he said.

Thomas said Business In Motion had had his fair share of issues in the past but is happy with where he is at.

"I had a lot of trouble with him after suffering leg issues but he seems to be over that now," he said.

Along with Business In Motion and Bettermatch Thomas has a further five 2YO's in the stable.

"I like racing the two-year-olds early in the season; we take our time and get to know a bit about them, that's why I knew Bettermatch was ready today."

Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |

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