Better Land to stay in Sydney

Last Saturday’s desperately unlucky runner Better Land will stay in Sydney and take his chance on making the field for the $1 million Golden Rose.

Trainer Peter Moody has decided the fourth placegetter in the Up And Coming Stakes is better off staying in Sydney and chancing his arm on getting a start.

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When the ATC released the latest Order Of Entry into the field yesterday, Better Land was in 59th position, but there are many horses above him who will not start in the race.

This morning (Tuesday) at Caulfield, Moody told TVN’s Bruce Clark he had decided to roll the dice with the horse and hope he could squeeze into the final field.

He finished fourth in a rough-house affair last Saturday behind Scissor Kick, when he looked a ‘good thing beaten’.

A win in the Up And Coming would have assured Better Land of a place in the Golden Rose field, to be run at Rosehill Gardens on September 13.

“If he doesn’t make the Golden Rose field there is a Listed race at Flemington over 1400 metres on the same day, so he’ll run in that race if he misses a start in Sydney,” Moody added.

Reported by Neale Donnelley on The Racing Network