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In what’s a case of one person’s misfortune being another person’s opportunity, Bettor’s Delight’s fastest and richest entire son is a last minute addition to the stallions heading to Alabar’s New Zealand farm this season. A multiple world record holder, Betterthancheddar’s race career tragically came to an abrupt end on 29 June this year. When defending his crown in the $500,000 Ben Franklin, he blasted to the lead from gate seven – with a first quarter in 25.8 on a wet, boggy track - and then took a trail before being posted three back on the rail. He never saw daylight and finished hard-held behind the leaders. Tragically he appeared to take a bad step on pulling up, virtually tearing his suspensory from the bone. Although now too late for the cut-off for the main flight bringing the shuttle stallions down under, he is able to make the quarantine for the flight that lands in New Zealand in mid-October. After missing his two-year-old season, Betterthancheddar became a superstar as a three-year-old. In just his third start he sent out a signal for what was to come, winning in 1:49.4 by half the length of the straight with a last half in 53 seconds. His other victories that season included the $500,000 Breeders Crown, the $225,000 American National Stake, the $342,000 Cane Pace and the $175,000 Windy City Pace.  In 2012, Betterthancheddar handled the huge jump from three-year-old racing to taking on the hardened warhorses in the free-for-all ranks as a four-year-old with ease. In total as a four-year-old he had 11 starts for 9 wins and two World Records – in fact he nearly completed a clean sweep with his two defeats being by the narrowest of margins – a nose and a neck. The first of his two World Records came on a five-eighths track in the $500,000 Ben Franklin Final at Pocono Downs. He took control of the race through a brutal first half of 52.8 and lead throughout in a brilliant 1:48. His other World Record was on a half mile track in the $216,500 Bobby Quillen Memorial in Maryland. He fired from the gate in 27.2 then proceeded to lead the field for the two-lap race – cruising home in 27.2 to win in 1:49.4. He also won the $175,000 Des Smith Classic at Ottawa’s half mile saucer in 1:49.8. Overall, the impressively built son of Bettor’s Delight recorded 19 wins and 9 placing in 33 starts and a bankroll of $1,634.314. For the record he was race-timed in better than 1:50 on 19 occasions and in 11 of his 33 starts he ran a closing quarter in better than 27 seconds. Betterthancheddar was trained throughout his career by leading North American trainer Casie Coleman - the trainer of a host of other outstanding performers such as American Ideal and Sportswriter. Devastated after the injury-forced retirement of her stable star, Casie had this to say a couple of days later:  “I honestly could not wait to get him to the Red Mile in the daytime and see what he could really do. I really swore this was the fastest, most talented horse I have ever had in my care and I really thought on a perfect day with the fractions set up right we would see Cheddar set a world record. The main reason I wanted to race this horse again at five was I really truly believed we would witness him go a world record performance.” Also of great interest to breeders will be the fact that Betterthancheddar is bred 3x3 to Cam Fella. As a son of champion sire Bettor’s Delight from the Camtastic mare Lady Ashlee Ann, Betterthancheddar boasts the rare distinction of having both his sire and his dam in the Hall Of Fame. Lady Ashlee Ann was voted into the USTA Broodmare Hall Of Fame earlier this year. From 12 foals of racing age she has produced 10 winners (all in 2:00), 8 in 1:55 and 2 with sub 1:50 records and combined earnings of over $3.9 million. Betterthancheddar will be available in New Zealand at NZ$4,500 (plus GST) and in Australia at AUS$4,950 (incl GST). Graeme Henley General Manager Alabar (NZ) Ltd

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