Spendthrift Australia general manager Garry Cuddy believes he bought a potential shuttle prospect when paying $900,000 for a colt by Vinery Stud legend More Than Ready (USA) on Day 2 of the Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale.
The chestnut colt, catalogued as Lot 453 by Lime Country Thoroughbreds as agent for Makybe, is from La Fluorescent who is a half-sister to stakes winners Savvy Nature (Moonee Valley Vase Gr.2) and Addictive Nature (Ming Dynasty Hcp Gr.3).
More Than Ready is the alpha-male among shuttle stallions and Cuddy rated the colt as his best on the Gold Coast sale-grounds. “If all goes to plan, we’ve got a horse that we can stand in Australia and Kentucky,” Cuddy said. “He’s out of a General Nediym mare and with his speed mixed with More Than Ready, gives him every opportunity.
“More Than Ready gets a really good type but this guy had a big engine, a big lovely shoulder and he just walked out of his box every day and never turned a wrong foot.”
More Than Ready’s brother to last week’s Sha Tin winner Lucky More made $280,000 on Day 1 and, not surprisingly, will eventually head to Hong Kong. He will be trained by Frankie Lor after being purchased by Lai Kim Wai who bought him on type as well as the local connection.
“More Than Ready’s stock have been very successful in Hong Kong,” he said of Lot 50. “This colt is a very strong individual and we were very happy to get him for that money.”
Offered by Vinery (as agent), the colt from You da One (Fastnet Rock) has More than Ready stakes winners right down the page from Always Allison (Sweet Embrace Stakes Gr.2) through to Benicio (Victoria Derby Gr.1).
Trainer Tony McEvoy knows all about the background of the More Than Ready – Assertive Eagle colt (Lot 100) that he bought for $200,000 on Day 1 in conjunction with Belmont Bloodstock agent Damon Gabbedy.
He trained the dam to win a Proud Miss Stakes LR in Adelaide and her second foal is a three-quarter brother to Queensland Derby Gr.1 winner Eagle Way.
“Assertive Eagle was a gorgeous mare and would have gone right to the top but for a few setbacks,” McEvoy recalled. “I didn’t bid on her first foal but I really like this one. And there’s nothing more to say about More Than Ready. What a horse!”