Smarty Jones Filly Wins G1 in Singapore

BetterLife2Better Life, an Australian-born daughter of Smarty Jones stole the show in Singapore on October 7 with an emphatic victory in the G1 Kranji Mile against a high class field.

Better Life was sold as an Easter yearling in Sydney in 2010 for $150,000. She was bred by Jananth Pty Ltd and offered in the Torryburn Stud draft.

She was conceived in the northern hemisphere before her dam Quiet Life was transported to Australia carrying the future G1 winner in-utero.

Quiet Life has since produced a filly and colt by Bernardini and has a yearling filly on the ground by High Chaparral.

Better Life  took her record to five wins and two seconds from just nine starts for earnings of S$519,395 for the Suzuka Racing Stable.


Trained by Hideyuki Takaoka, she lengthened stride impressively in the $S500,000 Kranji Mile to beat G1 winners Super Easy and Ato.


The Kranji Mile marks the first leg of the Singapore Triple Crown Series but Takaoka is hesitant to push onto the Raffles Cup and Singapore Gold Cup with Better Life as he has the 2013 Singapore Derby marked down as his primary target.

“My long range plan with her is to try and win the Derby next year, so at this stage I’m only 50-50 about running her in the Gold Cup,” said Takaoka.

Sunday’s victory saw Better Half become the seventh Australian bred winner of the Kranji Mile in the last nine years.