Vinery welcomes back Legend

More Than Ready (USA) flies into Australia next week and will arrive at Vinery in time for the Stud’s stallion parades on Saturday & Sunday, August 25 & 26.

The legendary shuttler will cover his 18th southern book at a $66,000 service fee after completing his 18th northern book at WinStar Farm in Kentucky.

Vinery’s Group 1 sprinter Star Turn and his first foals will also parade along with fellow Vinery sires All Too Hard, Press Statement, Headwater, Casino Prince and Pluck (USA).

Breakfast begins on both days at 8:30am with the parades commencing at 9am.  The stallion barns will then be opened for inspections with refreshments available.


MORE THAN READY is the world’s most experienced shuttle stallion and the IRT team are amazed at his longevity  It all comes down to the phenomenal success in both hemispheres and his temperament.

“To successfully travel stallions depends heavily on their temperament and More Than Ready has the best,” IRT boss Quentin Wallace said.  “We will need to find a new category of frequent flyer status for him!”

The More Than Ready story started in earnest back in 1999 when he won the Sanford Stakes (1200m) on the opening weekend of the famed Saratoga summer meet in New York.  He returned to the Spa a year later to cement a spot at stud by winning the King’s Bishop Stakes Gr.1.

The 2018 Saratoga carnival kicks off this weekend and More Than Ready has a live chance with Chase Greatness in Saturday’s Sanford Stakes Gr.3 (7.40am, Sunday AEST).

Chase Greatness (2c More Than Ready – Salsa Star by Giant’s Causeway) finished fourth on debut at Churchill Downs in May but returned a month later to take a 1100m juvenile maiden under the Twin Spires.  A homebred for Sagamore Farm, he’s trained by Horacio DePaz and is from a stakes-placed mare related to Yarradale Stud’s former Group 1 shuttler Frost Giant (Giant’s Causeway).

Chase Greatness has opened at 8-1 behind the Todd Pletcher-prepared favourite Sombeyay.  Pletcher trained More Than Ready and his 2007 Sanford winner Ready’s Image.

More Than Ready is also represented by the Phil D’Amato-trained filly Rockin Ready in the San Clemente Stakes Gr.2 at Del Mar on Saturday.  She is an 8-1 chance in a wide-open race behind stablemate Miss Sienna (Equiano) at 5-1.

Rockin Ready (3f More Than Ready – Bella Chianti by Empire Maker) was purchased by Australian agent Craig Rounsefell of Boomer Bloodstock (FBAA) for owners Joe Scardino & Tony Fanticola at the Ocala Sale in Florida.  She warmed up for her black-type debut with an easy win at Santa Anita.

More Than Ready’s Australian stakes winner State Prosecutor can add more black-type to his record in the Belmont Classic LR on Saturday.  He claimed the Belmont Guineas LR in June and was runner-up in the Aquanita Stakes LR a fortnight ago for owner-breeders Bob and Sandra Peters.

Memories of champion sprinter Buffering will be revived at Doomben this Saturday when his three-quarter brother No Annamossity makes his stakes debut in the Tatt’s Mile LR at Doomben.

Vinery’s elder statesman Mossman sired both gallopers under the care of trainer Robert Heathcote.  “No Annamossity is no Buffering but he’s overcome a few problems to build a handy record,” Heathcote told AAP this week.  “I just wonder how good he would have been if he hadn’t suffered a career threatening injury as a young horse.  He has two pins in a leg from a fracture he sustained winning a race early in his career but we were able to save him and get him back racing.

“He has won 6 races and been placed another 7 times from 18 starts.  He likes the Doomben 1600 metres so why not have a crack at a stakes race?”

No Annamossity has opened a $3.90 favourite while fellow Vinery-sired miler Cantbuybetter (Casino Prince) has each-way claims at $15.

All Too Hard sired another promising winner when the Tony McEvoy-trained Domination spaced his rivals at Balaklava this week and Vinery’s young gun can grab some black-type at Morphettville this Saturday.

Domination’s stablemate Unfair Dismissal has accepted for the Oaklands Plate LR and bookies have kept him safe at $5.  They’re not taking any chances with the 2yo colt while McEvoy is in such red-hot form.