Better Than Ready connection to Publishing

Friday, 26 October 2012

Brisbane trainer Kelly Schweida has prepared plenty of winners by Raheen Stud sires over the years and now he’s breaking new ground with a close relation to Raheen resident Publishing.

Schweida has high hopes for up-and-coming sprinter Better Than Ready who opened his black-type account in the Listed Brian Crowley Stakes at Randwick on October 20.  He clocked 1.08.10s to break Northern Meteor’s 1200 metre track record.

“I think he could be the best I have trained,” Schweida predicted.  “We were thinking of the G1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington – that’s how highly I rate him.”

Instead of travelling to Melbourne, Schweida has other plans for his colt.  “Northern Meteor won the Crowley – Coolmore double but going down there would be an afterthought,” Schweida explained.  “You want a better plan than that against those Group 1 colts.

“There are a couple of set-weight races this summer like the Gold Edition and Vo Rogue Plates in Brisbane that would suit him.”

Better Than Ready (3c More Than Ready – Sally’s World by Agnes World) is from a winning half-sister to Publishing (Testa Rossa) who has his first two year-olds in action this season.

Raheen’s draft by Publishing at the Magic Millions HIT Sale includes fast breezing colts from Electric Lass (10.69s), Dodgette (10.78s) and Relic Bay (10.94s).

Several other vendors have sons of Publishing at the HIT Sale including Robyn Wise (ex Cheekies by Snippets), Oakwood Farm (ex Dodgalady by Dodge), Jackson Bloodstock (ex Miss Linkin by Youthful Legs), Symphony Lodge (ex Moondust Magic by More Than Ready) and Oakwood Farm (ex Rare Prospect by Shinko Forest).

Better Than Ready’s dam Sally’s World won five races around Sydney and the provincials for John Singleton and Gai Waterhouse.  She arrived a year before Publishing and her younger brother went on to claim G3 sprints at Flemington and Caulfield for Lloyd Williams.

Their dam Sally Magic (Keltrice) won at Randwick and was runner-up to Testa Rossa in the 1999 Magic Millions 2YO Classic.  Singleton hasn’t had much luck with the mare in recent years.  Sally Magic has missed to Redoute’s Choice (2) and Big Brown in her last three seasons at stud.

Stakes winning sprinter from a half-sister to Publishing