Sire: More Than Ready
Age/Colour/Sex: 4Yo Brown Black Mare
Trainer: Mick Price
The Cox Plate may be the main attraction this weekend, but there will be a display of high octane speed when the Manikato Stakes is run under lights at Moonee Valley.
It will bring together Australia’s best sprinter’s including Rebel Dane, Bel Sprinter, Buffering and the foreign raider Lucky Nine. Although they are very good in their own right, Fillies Form believes the ever consistent Samaready will scorch the turf.
To the doubters out there that think she’s not be up to this standard, Fillies Form aim’s to change your opinion.
Samaready has a Career record of 6 win’s from 8 starts and has amassed over $1. 5 million in prize money. It should be noted that 7 of her runs have been at Group or Listed level and she has performed in both Sydney and Melbourne.
Her racing career started when she stepped out in a 2yo race down the straight at Flemington where she easily accounted for her rivals by 1 1/2 lengths. A quick freshen up and she was back for the G3 Blue Diamond Preview where she proved she was just as efficient around the a bend at Caulfield and was dominant winning by 3.3 lengths. Her next race would be her greatest challenge in her fledgling career, the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes. After copping a bump at the start, she settled back and exploded in the straight to win by 3 lengths over No Looking Back.
Her outstanding performance booked her a ticket to Sydney where she tackled the fillies in the Riesling and proved too good, winning by 2 lengths. Some wondered if she could keep the winning streak going, but trainer Mick Price knew what he had and took on the best in the Golden Slipper. In what would prove to be an outstanding race, Samaready would star the favourite. She settled back in the field, giving the future Champion Pierro a significant start entering the straight and despite her brave efforts, she couldn’t bridge the gap. It was time to head to the spelling paddock to recuperate.
She returned for her 3yo campaign in the Quezette at Caulfield and would appear to put in her worst run yet. The knocker’s were out in force but there was a reason for her below par performance. The track that day was rated a Heavy(10) – this is the most rain affected track rating that can be given – and it was clear to jockey Craig Newitt that she didn’t handle the conditions. But was it the wet track? or had she burnt the candle at both ends as a 2yo?
This time she would be off the scene for over a year recovering from a career threatening injury. Creeping back on the scene she made her return in a G3 over 1100m at Caulfield where she knuckled down to beat the game Chiarmonte. Her next assignment would shock racing enthusiasts as she dismantled a top class field in the rain, to win the G1 Moir Stakes by 4 lengths.
With Samaready and regular jockey Craig Newitt stealing the show, trainer Mick Price would be rewarded for maintaining his belief in the horse and patiently nursing her back from injury.
As a blossoming 4 year old, Samaready is now back bigger and stronger. If she can win a third Group 1 in the Manikato Stakes on Friday night, she may just be the next sprinting sensation.
Tab.com.au Fixed Price Odds as at 24/10/2013
Manikato Stakes – $2.60
VRC Sprint Classic – $7.0