MORE Than Ready 2yo Vivi Veloce will be set for a Group 1 spring campaign after a breakthrough victory in the G3 National 2YO Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville.
The More Than Ready filly settled in the second-half of the field but had them covered in the straight to defeat Iconic (Bel Esprit) and The Huntress (Husson) on Saturday. She was coming off an unlucky fifth behind Calcatta in the LR Dequetteville Stakes last month.
“She’s the best two-year-old I’ve had,” a clearly excited trainer Lloyd Kennewell claimed. “We’re going to set her for the G1 Thousand Guineas in October.”
Kennewell won the 2007 National Stakes with Gabbidon when it was known as The Jansz. She returned that spring to claim the G3 Guineas Prelude at Caulfield but went amiss before the Thousand Guineas. Both fillies race for Alpara Lodge owner Greg White.
Vivi Veloce (2f More Than Ready – Royal Sash by Royal Academy) is the third winner for her dam who won the 2004 Mannerism Stakes at Caulfield carrying White’s red, white and blue colours. Royal Sash has a yearling filly by Street Cry and is back in foal to the Darley shuttler.
Vinery champion More Than Ready has sired three juvenile stakes winners this season. His Adelaide filly follows Romantic Moon (G3 ATC Sweet Embrace St) and Excitable Boy (LR VRC Festival Of Racing 1000).
More Than Ready (Southern Halo) has an overall record of 115 individual stakes winners of 221 stakes races. Vinery will stand him for a $99,000 (inc gst) service fee this year.
2013 Stakes Winners
23/02/2013 Better Than Ready (AUS)2009 BRC Falvelon H., L., 1200m.
24/02/2013 Stopshoppingmaria (USA)2009 Gulfstream Ladies Turf Sprint S., L., 1000m.
02/03/2013 Excitable Boy (AUS)2010 VRC Festival of Racing S., L., 1000m.
06/03/2013 More Than Sacred (AUS)2009 ARC Sunline Vase, Gr.3, 2100m.
09/03/2013 Verrazano (USA)2010 Tampa Bay Tampa Bay Derby, Gr.2, 1700m.
09/03/2013 Moreish (AUS)2009 WATC Ascot One Thousand Guineas, L., 1800m.
16/03/2013 Romantic Moon (AUS)2010 ATC Sweet Embrace S., Gr.3, 1200m.
16/03/2013 More Than Sacred (AUS)2009 WRC New Zealand Oaks, Gr.1, 2400m.
23/03/2013 Ready to Rip (AUS)2007 MRC Thoroughbred Club Cup, L., 1200m.
23/03/2013 Moreish (AUS)2009 WATC Natasha S., L., 2200m.
06/04/2013 Moreish (AUS)2009 WATC Western Australian Oaks, Gr.3, 2400m.
06/04/2013 Verrazano (USA)2010 Aqueduct Wood Memorial S., Gr.1, 1800m.
20/04/2013 Better Than Ready (AUS)2009 BRC Mick Dittman P., L., 1000m.
05/05/2013 Readytogorightnow (AUS)2009 Kenilworth Winter Guineas, Gr.3, 1600m.
11/05/2013 Vivi Veloce (AUS)2010 SAJC National S., Gr.3, 1200m.