Vinery sire All Too Hard warmed up for another successful Saturday when Cormac scored a brave victory at Randwick on Wednesday.
Carrying 59.5kg, Cormac and Kerrin McEvoy won a race of tactics in the Everest Carnival Hcp (2400m). He improved at the mile marker to press the leader and then posted stablemate Prescience three-wide on the home-turn to score by over a length.
“He’s overcome bad luck in previous starts to win his last two,” trainer Chris Waller said. “I thought he might have been vulnerable today but he’s fit and enjoys his racing. The midweek prizemoney is good, too.”
Cormac (pictured) is raced by a Star Thoroughbreds syndicate and manager Denise Martin said he will embark on a country cups campaign. All Too Hard sired him from Grand Prix Stakes Gr.3 winner Saint Minerva (Galileo) – that’s the same cross as All Too Soon.
The Vinery sire has opened the last two Saturday meetings in Sydney with a winner – All Too Soon and Reginae – but he will have to hold fire until Race 4 at Rosehill this weekend.
His 3yo colts Outrageous and Tarka will ensure it won’t be a walkover for odds-on favourite The Autumn Sun in the Stan Fox Stakes Gr.2.
Jockey James McDonald was impressed with Outrageous when midfield in the Ming Dynasty Stakes Gr.3 at Rosehill a fortnight ago. “I thought he ran really well,” J-Mac said. “He’s a lovely colt and travelled beautifully but the big weight pulled him up just a little bit.”
Trainer David Payne is quietly confident Tarka can give the favourite a fright. “He’s won his last two at Warwick Farm and his long-term target is the Victoria Derby,” Payne said. “He’s bred to stay and I’m looking forward to getting him up in distance for the Stan Fox.”
More Than Ready has another big week ahead at Arlington Park on Saturday followed by the Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale starting on Monday.
His 2yo filly Winning Envelope has opened $3 favourite for the Washington Lassie Stakes LR after a brilliant debut at the Arlington Million meeting last month. She broke like a rocket and dashed away from the competition to score by six lengths under Carlos Marquez Jr.
Owner Bob Lothenbach weighed in with an offer that was accepted by her previous connections and she was transferred to trainer Chris Block. They won last year’s Washington Lassie with Bet She Wins.
The Keeneland September Sale is the global marketplace for yearlings and is the world’s most important thoroughbred sale.
More Than Ready has five lots catalogued for the super-select first session starting with the bay colt from Highway Mary (U S Ranger). He has been catalogued as Lot 16 by Taylor Made Agency who entered the Vinery legend’s Travers Stakes Gr.1 winner Catholic Boy for the 2016 Keeneland January Yearling Sale.
This year’s colt has a stallion’s pedigree. He’s from a half-sister to Group winners War Command (War Front) and Naval Officer (Tale of the Cat) who are both standing at Coolmore Stud.