HARD SELL

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - RACING -

BE­TAIMA could be the horse no one wanted who won the race ev­ery­one tar­geted.

Cincotta re­vealed he strug­gled to find own­ers for the filly but his cre­ative ap­proach to get­ting in­vestors has pro­vided an en­ter­tain­ing jour­ney for many first-time horse own­ers.

“I couldn’t sell Be­taima,” Cincotta said.

“She is a Bet­ter Than Ready, a first-sea­son sire, from an un­proven mare (Naima).

“We found a cou­ple of first­time own­ers. There are a cou­ple of young lads who split 2.5 per cent be­tween them.

“My grand­fa­ther-in-law took 5 per cent and it got to the point where I had to regis­ter the horse so I ended up tak­ing more.

“One lady bought a share for her hus­band’s birth­day.”

Be­taima fin­ished fourth in last Satur­day’s fi­nal two-yearold race be­fore the Clas­sic, a race that has pro­duced three win­ners of the $2 mil­lion race in re­cent years.

But jockey Jeff Lloyd and Cincotta weren’t con­cerned and were con­fi­dent the first run in six weeks would be the per­fect lead-up.

“Jeff said he had a mas­sive blow af­ter the post and she will im­prove,” Cincotta said.

“She had no trial or jumpout. She was beaten by three lengths by horses up and run­ning.

“I think she could ex­plode this week­end.”

Cham­pagne Jet was quick to find own­ers; not so for Be­taima.

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