Better Loosen Up Champion Racehorse
Better Loosen Up One Of The Greatest Racehorse Champions Ever
Known for having taken the Australian Racing championship in 1991 and winning the 1990 Japan Cup, Better Loosen Up was one of the greatest racing champions ever.
He was active for a period of five years, from the age of two until he was 7 years old.
During his prime time, the thoroughbred managed 17 wins, 9 seconds and 3 third place finishes from the 45 starts he had.
Better Loosen Up Foaled In 1985
Better Loosen Up was foaled in 1985 and bred by Howard Martin and trained by 4 different people in the course of his career.
His first win came when he was only two years old in 1988. This took place under the ownership of Les Theodore. He was moved to Sydney one year later, where he was a winner four times and was placed second in Canterbury Guineas.
A year later in 1989, he was in great form, winning 3 G1 races, under training by Colin Hayes. Prior to his G1 wins, he had participated in the Caulfield Cup and had come second. His G1 wins came from the Winfield Stakes, Honda Stakes and the Railway Stakes.
Midway through the season, Better Loosen Up finished second in the Australian Cup after losing out to Vo Rogue. However, this was sweet revenge for Vo Rogue, whom he had beaten earlier in the Segenhoe Stakes.
Better Loosen Up Beats Super Impose
It was also during the same year that he beat Super Impose. However, he finished off his season on a low note when he lost the Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Mercedes Classic to Sydeston.
Better Loosen Up started in the 1990-91 season under a new trainer following the retirement of Colin Hayes the previous season.
While being trained by David Hayes, it was all about records for Better Loosen Up. Even though he lost the Liston Stakes at the beginning of the season, he went on a winning spree to win the remaining races of the season.
However, it was the successive wins of the Cox Plate (where he came 30 lengths adrift to claim victory), the Turnbull Plate, the Blamey Stakes, the Australian Cup where once again he defeated Vo Rogue; only this time it was by a whole 5 ½ lengths, the Feehan Stakes and the Japan Cup to top it off at the international stage.
Australia's Racehorse Of The Year
One of the most memorable outcomes of the Japan Cup was Bryan Martin’s (the race caller for the day) famous cry of Better Loosen Up having won it for Australia. As for the icing on the cake, Better Loosen Up was named Australia’s racehorse for the year.
Better Loosen Up suffered a severe injury to his leg and this greatly affected his performance for his final 2 seasons restricting him to just 12 more career starts, at six and seven, in which he failed to reach the same heights.
His best run came in the Cox Plate in 1992, where he was beaten by just over a length by Super Impose, and protested successfully against Let’s Elope, who was 2nd past-the-post.
Racing Hall Of Fame 2004
Better Loosen Up was inducted to the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in the year 2004, having amassed a sum total of AU $4,773,970 in earnings over the course of his career.