More Than Ready filly Patino Ruby flagged a feature race campaign in the spring with a comprehensive victory at Rosehill on Saturday.
The sparingly-raced 3yo powered past the leaders at the furlong and then pulled away to score by three lengths from Zorocat (Toronado) and Key (Exceed And Excel). Her win in the Peter Kafataris Hcp (1300m) was the first in town after earlier strikes at Muswellbrook and Scone.
Patino Ruby is prepared by Brett Cavanough and the stable has given her plenty of time to mature with a view to peaking next season. “The Kosciuszko is an obvious pick with a win like that,” assistant-trainer Jack Cavanough said. “Dad will speak with the owner and take it from there. She’s pretty well bred and couldn’t have done it better today.”
The Kosciuszko (1200m) is worth $1.3 million and will be run on the same day as The Everest at Randwick on Saturday, October 16.
A homebred for Vinery partner Greg Perry, who breeds and races under the Greenwich Stud banner, Patino Ruby is from his 2012 Thousand Guineas Gr.1 winner Commanding Jewel (Commands). She is a three-quarter sister to Champion Australian filly Atlantic Jewel (Fastnet Rock) and her most recent cover was to Star Turn in November.
“I breed from around 30 mares every year and retain some of the fillies to keep the bloodlines going,” Perry said. “And More Than Ready mares are worth their weight in gold!”
Perry has enjoyed a breakout season in 2020-21 with Group 1 winners Johnny Get Angry (Victoria Derby) and Artorius (Blue Diamond Stakes) joining his elite-level graduates Aristia (Victorian Oaks) and Delectation (Darley Classic).
He sold Johnny Get Angry (Tavistock) to Denis Pagan for $50,000 at the 2019 Karaka Sale and Artorius (Flying Artie) for $120,000 at the 2020 Magic Millions. He kept a share in the latter when the colt was being syndicated by Anthony and Sam Freedman on the Gold Coast.
There’s been more black-type at the current Queensland winter carnival. Homebred filly Grace And Harmony (Sebring) claimed the Gold Coast Bracelet LR in May and his Magic Millions cheap-and-cheerful graduate Happy Go Plucky (Pluck) won the Ipswich Cup LR on June 19.
Perry has been a member of Vinery’s ownership group since 2005. “It’s tremendous being aligned with the Stud,” he said after the Blue Diamond presentation at Caulfield. “We’ve raced Group 1 winners like Samaready, Bel Mer and Exceedance who has his first foals due in August.”
Exceedance (Exceed And Excel) is standing his second season at Vinery for a $33,000 (inc GST) service fee with payment on a live foal. For bookings or further information, please contact Adam White (0414 800 918) or Harry Roach (0401 970 006).