Daredevil pulls off his first stunt with winning juvenile at Hamilton
Kentucky-based stallion was a sharp two-year-old himself
WinStar Farm stallion Daredevil was off the mark with only his second British runner courtesy of a winner from Archie Watson’s powerful two-year-old squad at Hamilton on Wednesday evening.
Better The Devil already looks a shrewd acquisition by Star Bloodstock at $14,000 from the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, boasting a strong dirt pedigree out of the Henny Hughes mare Hen Reception from breeder Two-Turn Farm.
The colt had been targeted for the Goffs UK Breeze-Up by Matt Eves’ operation but had met with a minor setback, instead heading to Watson’s Lambourn base.
Defying a poor draw by quickly rushing to the rail, Better The Devil dominated the Audi On Demand Glasgow EBF Maiden Auction Stakes, eventually coming two and three-quarter lengths clear of the previously experienced favourite Spring Bloom.
Daredevil himself was lightly-raced, running only five times for the Todd Pletcher barn but taking the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes in a rapid time as a juvenile and finishing off with a fourth-placed finish behind Frosted in the Wood Memorial.
The son of More Than Ready is a half-brother to Donn Handicap winner-turned stallion Albertus Maximus. He has had a handful of runners in America from a first crop of around 80, and was standing for $7,500 in Kentucky for this year.
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