Bettor Beach Belle Too Strong

Memories of Terry Ferguson training and driving Art On The Beach to an all-the-way victory in the Group 2 WA Sales Classic for two-year-old fillies in February 2007 were revived when her eighth foal Bettor Beach Belle led and won the 2130m Nova 93.7 Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Ferguson bred, owns and trains Bettor Beach Belle, the $2.90 second favourite who was driven confidently by Nathan Turvey and won by more than a length from the $2.25 favourite Letsdancetonight, who raced without cover early and then enjoyed the one-out, one-back trail before finishing determinedly.

Bettor Beach Belle is a half-sister to six winners, including Swagga, who won the Pearl Classic by eleven lengths from Mister Jadore in June 2013 and was forced into an early retirement after his 16 starts produced three wins, ten placings and $102,655 in stakes.

Other prominent progeny of Art On The Beach include Rocknroll Beachboy (91 starts for eight wins, 27 placings and $70,931) and Major Artist (45 starts for seven wins, 15 placings and $54,299).