Melbourne horseman Mick Price has named the $135,000 Group 3 The Heath 1100 (1100m) at Caulfield on August 31 as the new season debut for his former Blue Diamond Stakes winner Samaready.
The More Than Ready mare won the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) by an emphatic three lengths during her three-year-old season in the autumn last year and is finally gearing up for her much-awaited return.
Third to the since retired Pierro in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) in April of 2012, Samaready was last seen finishing a distant fourth to Elite Elle in the Listed Quezette Stakes (1100m) in the mud at Caulfield just under 12 months ago.
In early February this year as she prepared to come back for this year’s autumn carnival, injury struck down the then filly.
Tearing a muscle on her near-side hind during a gallop, Samaready is now fully healed and ready to get back to the track.
That will come at the end of the month in the 2013 The Heath Stakes, worth $15,000 more in total prize money this spring than last, following two lead-up trials.
“She’s great, she’ll have two jumpouts at Caulfield, on August 13th and 20th, to get her ready to race on the 31st in the Heath Stakes,” Price told Racing Victoria this week.
“It looks a suitable race for her, she’ll carry 57kg under the set weights and penalties.
“She’s very well; Craig Newitt galloped her last Tuesday and was very happy with her.”
Her first-up performances will help Price determine what features he will target with Samaready this time in.
A genuine sprinting type she’s likely to be kept to the short distance features with something like the $1 million Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival in early November to make a nice grand final goal.
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