February 7, 2021 National Trotguide
PHOEBE Betts was always destined to train and drive pacers.
From a very young age the now 18-year-old was obsessed with the horses with her father Graham and mother Monica both being successful trainer-drivers in their own right.
And the happy-go-lucky Bathurst girl could not have had a better introduction to the sport as an owner after purchasing the grand warhorse Snoop Stride as the gelding has been so reliable and consistent for her.
Since deciding to leave school to have a crack at working full time in the sport, Phoebe has been given plenty of opportunities and is very popular with trainers around the Bathurst region.
Day-to-day, Betts leads a busy life which starts of a morning working for Chris Frisby before she heads out to assist newcomer Michael Muscat with his team.
Somewhere in among those engagements, Phoebe finds time to help her mum and dad when she can.
“All of the hard work is paying off as I have been picking up some nice drives for some of the leading stables, including those that I work for,” said Phoebe, who is proud of her record in capturing 30 winners in the gig in a short space of time.
This afternoon, Betts will add another chapter to her already interesting life when she has her first drive on the grass at Orange’s Towac Park galloping track.
“I am really looking forward to having my first drive on the grass track, and the reverse way of going. It will obviously be very different to what I am used to,” she said.
“From his barrier one draw, I feel Major Sunrise (Race 3) is my best chance of winning.
“Being drawn to lead on the roomy track is an advantage and if I can get a cheap quarter, he will be hard to run down.
“He is resuming from a lengthy spell but his work at home has been pleasing us.
“Caribbean Summer (Race 6) is having her first start for Micky [Muscat] since coming up from Sydney and she has drawn well in barrier two.
“I rate her a good each-way chance.”
Betts will also drive last-start winners Speak With Sam (Race 2) and He Said She Said (Race 5) and both have good form going into today’s meeting.
HOOFNOTE: This afternoon’s meeting has been transferred to Bathurst . . . so Phoebe’s grass-track hopes will have to go on hold – for the moment.
- MICK DUMESNY