Immediate Retirement For Queensland Staying Queen

A bout of the scours has forced Queensland's staying queen Velocity Bettina out of tonight's National Distance Prelude and into retirement.

David Brasch

6 August 2020

A bout of the scours has forced Queensland’s staying queen Velocity Bettina out of tonight’s National Distance Prelude (710m) at Albion Park and into immediate retirement.

The bitch’s breeder and owner Steve Williams said this today.

“Kevin rang this morning to say she was not well and we made the instant decision to retire her,” said Williams.

“Kevin was in total agreement with me. We both agreed she has done more than enough on the racetrack for both of us.”

Williams was high in praise of the training job Ellis has done with the bitch.

A daughter of boom sire Zambora Brockie and the classy Velocity Shirl, Velocity Bettina retires with a record of 36 starts for 17 wins and seven placings. She earned $163,000 for breeder and owner Steve Williams.

Her victories came in Group 3 Golden Sands, Group 3 Super Stayers, the Dashing Corsair, Ipswich Futurity and Ipswich Grand Prix.

She was second in the Group 1 Queensland Cup and a finalist in the Group 1 Rookie Rebel, Group 2 Queensland Futurity and Group 3 Ipswich Gold Cup.

She ran 30.09 at Ipswich, 41.65 and 34.72 at Albion Park.

Williams has already signalled he will mate the bitch to Black Magic Opal when she comes on season.

This is a mating to recreate the pedigree of champion bitch Black Opium.

Black Opium’s dam Captivating is a litter sister to Velocity Bettina’s dam Velocity Shirl.