Bettor Twist tough like mum
By Jonny Turner
Covid19 and a brilliant Sires Stakes heat effort at Addington on Friday night have classy filly Bettor Twist in line to follow in her mum’s footsteps.
The Bettor’s Delight daughter of former classy race mare Twist And Twirl unleashed powerful sectionals to leave her rivals in her wake in heat two of last season’s rescheduled Sires Stakes Championship for 2yr-old fillies.
Driver Tim Williams took no chances with Bettor Twist, surging her to the lead with a lap to go to put a desperately unlucky prior run behind her, as well as turn the tables on her stablemate Darling Me.
Though his charge never looked like getting beaten, she is not the complete racehorse yet which meant the kept the reinsman on his toes in the run to the line.
“She was really good,” Williams said.
“She is pretty casual yet still so it is hard to say nothing was going to get past.”
“But once something got next to her she really dug her toes in.”
“She has only had four starts, she is still very much a baby, but she is getting better.”
Bettor Twist added to the already impressive record of her dam, Twist And Twirl, with her maiden win in Friday night’s 1980m heat.
The Breckon Farms owned mare looks in for another big season following her triumphs last term through her Miracle Mile and Hunter Cup winning son, King Of Swing.
Though the Covid19 lockdown is partially responsible, Bettor Twist is following in her dam’s footsteps by firing up as an early 3yr-old, rather than as an early running 2yr-old.
“Twist And Twirl was a little bit the same, she took a while to get the hang of it, then she went whoosh,” Breckon Farms principal Ken Breckon said.
“It is an incredibly tough family - the Impish family - the harder they go, the better.”
“She was an exceptional mare and she probably didn’t get the accolades she deserved, but she has gone on and has left good horses, which is great.”
With the pedigree of a future star broodmare, Bettor Twist was never a chance of being in Breckon Farms’ annual yearling sales draft.
Instead, the filly was consigned to race by the latest in a string of successful Breckon Farm syndicate ventures – the Breckon Farms-Take Ten Syndicate.
“She was a bit goofy when she was young, it has taken her a while to come to it,” Breckon said.
“She was just sort of a funny little young filly.”
“It took her a while to get there, but she is like her mother, she is just so tough.”
Bettor Twist has the chance to follow in her dam’s footsteps, in a roundabout way, following her win on Friday night.
Twist And Twirl won the Sires Stakes Championship as a 3yr-old filly and her daughter could also win a championship at 3yrs-old/
Bettor Twist will contest what was to be last season’s 2yr-old fillies championship as a 3yr-old filly at Alexandra Park on October 30.
She will get another shot at following in her mother’s footsteps when the Sires Stakes calendar gets back to its normal rhythm when this season’s 3yr-old fillies championship is held at Alexandra Park on December 31.
Though she was well held by the winner, runner-up Darling Me was sound in defeat, finishing a length and three quarters from Bettor Twist.
They headed an All Stars stable first four with What’s Your Secret third and Avana fourth.