More Than Ready has capped off a winning week with his upside filly Zolani at Pakenham.
Zolani charged home to score with a bit in hand on Thursday for a partnership that includes syndicator Wylie Dalziel and breeder Greg Perry. “She’s shown a lot of ability at home and took up the challenge today,” jockey Luke Nolen said. “She ran away from them with 59kg – it was a nice performance.
“It’s good to see her bounce back. She won well first-up but it’s a bit of a mystery why she failed last time.”
Zolani is from G2 Sunline Stakes winner Nakaaya (Tiger Hill) and cost Caulfield trainer Ciaran Maher $100,000 out of the Vinery draft at the 2015 Gold Coast Magic Millions
More Than Ready led turnover at the Magic Millions National Yearling Sale this week with 8 lots totalling $1,124,500. His colt from Xandretta (Flying Spur) topped the overall leader-board when knocked down for $380,000 on Monday and his filly out of Quaintly (Giant’s Causeway) made $280,000 on Wednesday.
Quaintly won at Wexford and Tipperary prior to a move to the USA where she was Group 3 placed over 2000m and 2400m at Hollywood Park. Agent David Lucas bought her More Than Ready filly on behalf of Dubai-based Phoenix Thoroughbreds. “She’s a cracking type. As soon as I saw her, I thought she was one of the nicest fillies here,” Lucas said. “She’s beautifully put together and is a nice loose walker.
“The More Than Readys generally get up and go fairly early and she is reasonably mature so she won’t take a hell of a lot of time.”
The Vinery champion has Centre Pivot ready to return from a spell in the June Stakes-LR at Randwick on Saturday, however, trainer Peter Robl warned he will be scratched if the track is any worse than slow.
Centre Pivot’s last black-type victory was in the 2015 Bernborough Hcp-LR at Doomben and his goal this campaign is the Civic Stakes-LR at Rosehill on July 1.
Meanwhile, More Than Ready’s Kingston Town Classic-Gr.1 winner Perfect Reflection is marking time in Western Australia. Owner-breeder Bob Peters is hoping she will recover from a hip injury in time for another summer carnival in Perth.