GLOBAL sire More Than Ready added two new stakeswinners to his tally last weekend as his 106th and 107th black-type winners emerged as serious spring contenders.
The Mick Price trained Al Aneed kick started More Than Ready’s ‘Super Saturday’ when staging a last to first win in the Listed MRC Gothic Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Cup day.
“He’s a really nice horse, stakes class,” winning jockey Glen Boss praised.
“I’m glad he got the opportunity to show that today because I told everyone he was a stakes-class horse from his maiden win then he went awful last start (at Mornington).
“Today was the real horse.”
Price has intentions of starting Al Aneed on Derby day at Flemington in two weeks time in the Group 3 VRC Carbine Stud Stakes (1600m).
Al Aneed is one of over 50 individual winners bred on the More Than Ready/Danehill mare nick which has also delivered Group 1 winners Benicio, Dreamaway and Price’s former ace sprinter Perfectly Ready.
Only a few hours after Al Aneed stormed to victory, Queensland colt Better Than Ready broke Northern Meteor’s course record at Royal Randwick when he took out the Listed Brian Crowley Stakes (1200m).
It was win number four from start six for the Kelly Schweida trained colt who could also be on his way to Flemington for a Derby day appearance.
Schweida is considering starting Better Than Ready in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m), ironically the same race taken out by Northern Meteor in 2008 after his Brian Crowley win.
“I saw that they ran very good time so he’s done a really good job tp pick them up,” Better Than Ready’s jockey Ric McMahon said.
“He’s got a really good turn of foot, that’s his biggest asset,m he can sprint off a 20-cent piece and really rattle off some sectionals.”
More Than Ready is the sire of 973 winners at an amazing strike rate of 71.5 percent.
He has sired 107 stakeswinners and 91 stakes placed and is a member of the ‘100 Club’ which includes the likes of Danehill, Sadler’s Wells, Mr Prospector, Sir Tristram, Sunday Silence and Northern Dancer.
He has twice been named Champion Australia Sire of 2Y0’s and provided the winners of both Breeders’ Cup Juvenile divisions in 2010, the colts version taken out in dramatic circumstances by Pluck who joined his sire at Vinery in 2012.