Better Be The One Proves Minervini Is A Good Judge

Nov 17, 2010

Mark Minervini was again in the winner's stall at Gawler after Better Be The One's emphatic win in a fillies and mares 0-68 handicap over 1100m.

Better Be The One was formerly trained by Danny O'Brien in Melbourne and has only recently been transferred to the stables of Mark Minervini at Morphettville after being acquired by Minervini stable clients Paul Crawford and his mother Corry. The lightly raced 4 year old mare's win continued trainer Mark Minervini's uncanny knack of winning races very shortly after adding tried horses to his stable. Yesterday's start was Better Be The One's second for Minervini and, in saluting by a half-length in the slick time of 1.04.60, she brought up her second win from 14 career starts.

Better Be The One started the $4.40 third favourite and was expertly piloted by leading Adelaide hoop Shayne Cahill, letting Better Be The One find her rhythm off the speed and allowing her to unleash a powerful winning burst in the home straight to record Mark Minervini's ninth win of the season, which firmly ensconces him in the top 10 on the South Australian Trainers' Premiership.

Although there were numerous options for Minervini in placing Better Be The One, he elected to run the mare at Gawler, considering that this is where she was best placed. And so it turned out, as acknowledged by leading Adelaide racecaller Hilton Donaldson, who proclaimed "You're a good judge, Mark Minervini" as Better Be The One crossed the line in first place.

With horses such as Better Be The One, Chief Of Staff and Andamooka Gem all performing well, Mark Minervini looks set to maintain, if not improve, his 21.4% winning strike rate this season.