Better Than Ever

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Better Than Ever
Sire French Deputy (USA)
Grandsire Deputy Minister (CAN)
Dam Songfest
Damsire Unbridled's Song (USA)
Sex Gelding
Foaled 2006
Country Australia
Colour Bay
Breeder W G H G & K B Bax
Owner Mr Tang Weng Fei of Jupiter Stable
Trainer Laurie Laxon
Record 26 starts: 16 wins
Earnings SGP $1,054,936+
Major wins
Singapore Guineas
Jumbo Jet Trophy
Raffles Cup
Kranji Mile
nominated for 2010 Aushorse Marketing Australian-bred Champion (not yet decided)
Last updated on 24 February 2011

Better Than Ever, is a Thoroughbred racehorse gelding that was foaled in 2006, in Australia. He is the first racehorse to establish a streak of 10 consecutive wins on the Malayan Racing Association circuit.


He is a bay gelding, with a star and stripe on his head that was bred by W.G., H.G., & K.B. Bax in New Zealand.[1] Better Than Ever was by the international sire, French Deputy (USA) who stood at stud in USA in 1997, in Japan in 2002, and in Australia in 2003. His progeny includes over 200 winners with 29 stakes winners and earnings of A$32 million. French Deputy was the Champion First Season Sire of Japan in 2004. Better Than Ever’s dam, Songfest, was by Unbridled's Song ((USA) won the Group One (G1) Breeders' Cup Juvenile and the Florida Derby, but was disappointing as an Australian sire). Songfest was the dam of:

  • Boys Will Be Boys by Hussonet (USA), a winner that was exported to South Africa
  • Jellicles by Tale Of The Cat (USA) won $48,730
  • Timo'Shanter (NZ) by Snitzel had two placings for $1,080
  • Zaju by Snippets has not started in any black type races.
  • Om multiple winner in Singapore
  • Savsbelle multiple winner in NZ
  • Aura D'Oro ( Medaglia D 'Oro ) has not yet started but placed in a recent trial 2014

Better Than Ever was exported to New Zealand on 28 November 2006.[2] He was later offered at the Karaka 2008 Premier Yearling Sale by the Blandford Lodge stud of Matamata, New Zealand and was purchased by his trainer, Laurie Laxon of Singapore for $80,000.[3]

After the sale, Better Than Ever was then sent to Brett McDonalds for 12 months of education and his two trial starts at Cambridge, New Zealand.[4]

Racing record[edit]

All of Better Than Ever’s race starts have been in Singapore and jockey Saimee Jumaat has ridden him in all of his victories, except one.


His first start and win was on 2 August 2009 in a restricted maiden race over 1,200 metres (m) for $26,659.

On 1 November 2009, Better Than Ever had his first Black Type start in the (G3) $153,180 Steward's Cup over 1,400 metres, which he won by 1½ lengths.


Better Than Ever commenced the New Year with a win on 29 January 2010 in the G3 Three Rings Trophy race over 1,400 m., by three lengths, ridden this time by J Moreira. His other wins for the year were the G3 Singapore Three-Year-Old Sprint and the G2 Singapore Three Year Old Classic over 1,400m. Saimee Jumaat rode Better Than Ever to an easy win in the Group One, $500,000, Singapore Guineas over 1,600 metres at Kranji. His winning margin was 3½ lengths from Waikato, producing a stable quinella, with Ghozi third a further 1¼ lengths away. He next won the weight-for-age (w.f.a.) G3 Jumbo Jet Trophy G3 (1,400m) by 3½ lengths to take his undefeated race record to 10 wins from 10 starts. This win made him the first horse on the Malayan Racing Association circuit to establish a run of 10 consecutive wins.[5]

In February 2011, Better Than Ever had a tally of 13 wins from 14 race starts, including the G1 Raffles Cup over 1,800 metres and the G1 Kranji Mile over 1,600 m, plus the G2 3YO Classic over 1,400 m.[6]


In his first start in 2011, Better than Ever won the Singapore Grade 3 Stakes. In his second start of that year, he finished 14th in the Dubai Duty Free at Meydan Racecourse. His overall record as of 30 March 2011 was 16 starts for 14 wins and earnings of $1,337,680. In his start at the Dubai Duty Free race on 26 March, he finished 14th.[citation needed]


He returned to NZ after bleeding and was recouped to beat the G1 performers Final Touch, Ocean Park, Nashville etc. in the G2 Awapuni Gold cup as well as placing in 3 other group races in NZ He won his first race and he ended his career by winning his last race . Better Than Ever is now retired at Hippocampus Stud in Cambridge NZ with his breeder supermodel and celebrity K B BAX.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Stud Book: Better Than Ever (AUS) 2006 Retrieved 2010-11-30
  2. ^ Australian Stud Book: Better Than Ever (AUS) 2006 Retrieved 2010-11-30
  3. ^ Racing and sports: Better Than Ever Retrieved 2010-8-29
  4. ^ Oz Horse Racing Retrieved 2010-8-29
  5. ^ Racing & Sports Retrieved 2010-8-29
  6. ^ Racehorse Sales Archived July 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2011-2-24