Freshman Daredevil Off the Mark in Style at Hamilton

2nd at HAM, Mdn, £6,400Audi On Demand Glasgow EBF Maiden Auction S. (5f 7y)Winner: Better The Devil, c, 2 by Daredevil

Better The Devil | Racing Post

2nd-Hamilton, £6,400, Mdn, 6-12, 2yo, 5f 7yT, 1:01.11, gd.
BETTER THE DEVIL (c, 2, Daredevil–Hen Reception, by Henny Hughes) brushed aside an early inconvenience at the break and was sharply into stride from the outside stall to claim the stands’ side fence and lead after the initial stages of this debut. Holding sway throughout, the 4-1 chance was shaken up soon after passing the quarter-mile marker and lengthened clear in impressive fashion under mild urging up the hill to easily outpoint experienced 6-4 favourite Spring Bloom (GB) (Power {GB}) by 2 3/4 lengths, becoming the first winner for his WinStar Farm-based freshman sire (by More Than Ready). “He knew his job when he came to us–he was prepared for the [Goffs] breeze-up sale and met with a setback so didn’t go there–and he’s a very nice horse,” said winning trainer Archie Watson. “He’s been a bit of a slow learner since we got him, but he hit the lids well and was able to get the rail. He’s got a nice pedigree and I’m sure he’ll do well if and when we get him on the synthetic surfaces.” Half-brother to a 2019 colt by Unified, the bay is the second scorer out of a half-sister to GII Fantasy S. victress Ruby’s Reception (Rubiano) and GII General George H. placegetter Heritage Hall (Unbridled’s Song). He shares his GSW third dam Court Hostess (Sovereign Dancer), herself out of a winning half-sister to MG1SW sire Mashaallah (Nijinsky II), with GI Del Mar Debutante S. heroine Union Strike (Union Rags) and MGSW GII Pennsylvania Derby-winning sire Handsome Mike (Scat Daddy). Sales history: $14,000 Ylg ’18 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $5,252. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
1ST-TIME STARTER. O-Better The Devil; B-Two-Turn Farm LLC (PA); T-Archie Watson.

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