LOCKROY (More Than Ready x Polar Success) has a golden opportunity to help his super sire More Than Ready reach a significant milestone when he when contests the Listed ATC Lonhro Plate (1100m) at Warwick Farm this weekend.
The regally bred Team Hawkes trained 2yo may well be lining up with More Than Ready just one win away from siring his 500th individual winner in Australia and New Zealand that take his global tally to 1160 (at 72.3 percent winners to runners) and counting.
More Than Ready may already have broken the 500 barrier by the time Lockroy faces the starter with at last three prior opportunities to reach the target at Cranbourne on Friday or at Newcastle in the opening event an hour earlier.
Whatever the case, a win by Lockroy would see him become More Than Ready’s 126th stakeswinner after number 125, Room Service, a promising 3yo filly came from last to win a Grade 3 at Florida in the USA on Monday.
Lockroy is favoured to win the Lonhro Plate having signalled his talent when second to Boomwaa in the Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate (1000m) at Flemington in the spring.
Lockroy is also aiming to stakes his Golden Slipper claim and there is no better credentialed horse to win the world’s richest 2yo race given his peerless Slipper connections.
His sire, More Than Ready, is among a select few stallions to have delivered more than one Golden Slipper winner having stamped consecutive winners, Sebring and Phelan Ready.
On top of that, Lockroy’s dam, Polar Success, won the 2000 Golden Slipper Stakes for her sire Success Express who is currently enjoying a well earned retirement on the lush pastures of Vinery.
Lockroy is a full brother to John O’Shea’s incredibly handsome and talented 3YO colt Polarmore who promises to have an impact at the upcoming inaugural The Championships in Sydney during the re-vamped autumn carnival.
Samaready & Knoydart
JOCKEY Craig Newitt is confident Australasian sprinter queen Samaready can make up for her unlucky third in the Group 1 VRC Lightning Stakes (1000m) by winning the Group 1 VRC Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington this weekend.
The daughter of super sire More Than Ready is aiming to add the time honoured straight six feature to her previous majors in the Blue Diamond Stakes and Moir Stakes which she won by a combined margin of 7-lens.
The Vinery owned mare has drawn barrier 13 of the 15-horse field which also includes the rejuvenated Darley galloper and More Than Ready son, Knoydart.
“I think the draw is perfect,” Samaready’s jockey Craig Newitt told AAP.
“I just wanted to draw the middle and she has drawn pretty much that.
“She has got speed either side of her.
“She’ll sit right on the back of them and let rip.”