More Than Ready has signed off another successful season siring his final individual winner for 2016-17 with Bollinger Rose at Gosford.
Vinery’s homebred filly scored a front-running victory in the Harvey Norman Maiden Hcp (1000m) on Saturday. Sent out a short-priced $1.50 favourite, she spent some juice after jumping to the lead and was still strong through the line to defeat Kiwi-bred gelding Ammate.
Bollinger Rose is trained by Kris Lees and he rated her a definite chance on debut after finishing second to Group 1 winning stablemate Le Romain in a hit-out earlier this month.
“She had bone chips removed from both front knees in December,” he said. “There’s been no problem since she came back into work and she did trial nicely.”
More Than Ready sired her from Vinery mare Bollinger (Dehere) who was trained by Gai Waterhouse to win the Coolmore Classic-Gr.1, Surround Stakes-Gr.2 and South Pacific Classic-Gr.3. Her dam Bint Marscay (Marscay) was a Group 1 winner of the 1993 Golden Slipper.
Exported to North America, Bollinger foaled Friesan Fire by champion sire A P Indy and he was sent out favourite for the 2009 Kentucky Derby after winning the Louisiana Derby-Gr.2.
Friesan Fire found trouble during a rough trip to finish down the track at Churchill Downs but was later diagnosed with fractures in both forelegs. Retired to Country Life Farm in Maryland, he has three crops racing and has already sired 36 winners of $1.37 million this year.
Bollinger was repatriated in 2010 and foaled Madame Lilly first-up to More Than Ready. She won at Canterbury in February and is back in work for another prep with Matthew Dunn.
Bollinger followed a year later and her final foal Villermont (All Too Hard) is an unraced 2yo colt with Ciaran Maher at Caulfield.
More Than Ready’s 86 individual winners won 137 races this season for more than $6.42 million in prizemoney. Victoria Derby-Gr.1 winner Prized Icon was his chief earner and Gooree Stud has just announced he will continue spelling through the spring in readiness for an autumn campaign next year.
Vinery stands More Than Ready for a $66,000 (inc gst) service fee. He will headline the Stud’s stallion parades on August 26 & 27.