TRAINER Mick Price isn’t expecting any heroics from Blue Diamond winning mare Samaready when she makes her long awaited return to racing in the Group 3 Theshark.com.au Handicap Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield tomorrow.
The Vinery owned daughter of More Than Ready hasn’t raced since contesting the Listed Quezette Stakes over a year ago.
Prior to that, Samaready had won four on end including the Blue Diamond Preview/Preldue and Grand Final before finishing third in the Golden Slipper Stakes behind Pierro and Snitzerland.
“I’ve been gentle with her because I want a preparation,” Price old Sportsman.
“I’d be pleasantly surprised if she was to win but I would be disappointed if she didn’t run well.
“She’ll improve with racing and she won’t be far off them.”
Price added that Samaready had a good blow after trackwork on Tuesday, proving to him that while underdone she is ready to race.
One of Samaready’s rivals for tomorrow’s $35,970 purse is Mossman gelding Neeson who is fresh off a let-up following a close second with 60.5kg in the June Stakes at Randwick.
Meanwhile later in the day, another Mossman son – Second Effort – will take on a star studded field of gallopers including Atlantic Jewel, It’s A Dundeel, Green Moon and Fiorente in the Memsie Stakes over 1400m.