The Australian bred mare Better Life by Smarty Jones confirmed her position as the top middle distance horse in Singapore when winning the country’s richest domestic race in style, the Group 1 Singapore Gold Cup over 2200m on Sunday, November 11.
Better Life was making her first attempt at a trip further than 1600m following a last start victory in the first leg of Singapore’s Triple Crown, the Group 1 Kranji Mile, but she was too good for her opposition over the longer trip.
Jockey Alan Munro had the top class mare travelling well midfield during the $1.35-million feature event and when given clear running down the long Kranji straight she swept past her rivals to a length victory over Maurice Utrillo with favourite Deep Pockets back in third.
“She’s got an engine,” said Munro. “I got to the front probably too soon on her but I could hear the others screaming behind me so I thought I had them covered. “Still she’s only a young horse and still has her career in front of her.”
Out of the Sunday Silence mare Quiet Life, Better Life was bred by Jananth Pty Ltd to be a top class middle distance horse and that is exactly what she is delivering for her owners the Suzuka Racing Stable and trainer Hideyuki Takaoka.