PROGENY of More Than Ready’s son Perfectly Ready are likely to dominate the make-up of this years’ Karaka Million (1200m) after yet another winner for New Zealand’s leading First Season Sire today.
The Murray Baker trained filly Beejay Belle joins four other Perfectly Ready youngsters who are safely ensconced in the January 30 feature.
As well as that, she becomes the Brighthill Farm resident’s fifth individual winner so far this season – a tally which also includes three stakes performed juveniles.
“It’s quite a hard thing to do in New Zealand to get a sire that will leave definite early precocious spring two-year-olds, but Perfectly Ready has certainly done that.” Brighthill Stud master Nick King said.
“To date he has five individual winners of five races and he’s got three stakes-placed horses.
“Usually in New Zealand you get the odd winner by a first season sire and they are hanging the hats on that, but Perfectly Ready has done it across the boards particularly three stakes-placed horses including one in Australia (AJC Breeders’ Plate runner-up, Isle Be Ready).”
Perfectly Ready has 58 yearlings honing in on the upcoming Karaka sales series and from what King is hearing, they will be in heavy demand.
“Like all sires, as years roll by we all breed them a bit better,” he says. “We all select the right mares and we find the right crosses, and that’s certainly the case for Perfectly Ready as well.
“This crop of yearlings and the next crop of foals are improvements – we are constantly improving and he leaves such a nice type, that’s the thing.”
King had no hesitation in nominating the likely top Perfectly Ready lot across the three sales.
“Lot 9 in the Premier is a half to a very, very good Group One sprinter we have in New Zealand called Vonusti who ran fourth in today’s Group One Telegraph Handicap at Trentham.
“This (yearling) is just exceptional and you would struggle to find one better than her,” King commented. “She is very well balanced and a good walking filly.
“Although she is early in the sale, they won’t let this one slip by.”