Mick Price’s talented Group 1 winning mare Samaready is back in work and gearing up for a big Melbourne Festival of Racing next year including a shot at the Black Caviar Lighting 2014 in February.
The now four-year-old daughter of More Than Ready is only lightly raced with nine starts to her name, six of which she’s won.
She’ll be out to add to that impressive record, and her Group 1 tally which sits at two, when she comes back early next year.
A gun two-year-old last summer – autumn season, Samaready won her opening four on the trot including her three length romp over No Looking Back in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) last February.
Her first loss came at the hands of Gai Waterhouse’s now retired Pierro in the Golden Slipper.
Since then the mare’s suffered some career setbacks spending nearly a year and a half sidelined with niggling problems.
This year she returned from a 12 month hiatus and won two-from-two in Melbourne including a big four length victory over subsequent triple Group 1 champion Buffering in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1200m).
Respiratory issues and an exercise induced pulmonary haemorrhage however cut the comeback short again when she ran eighth, albeit beaten only one and a half lengths, by Rob Heathcote’s star Queenslander Buffering in October’s Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m).
She’s been on the path to recovery since and is now ready to get back to the business of racing and winning having begun pre-training on Monday at Rockmount Stud.
“She’s very well in herself. She has had about a month off and is in lovely condition,” Price told Racing Victoria.
Price has set a February 15 return for his lovely mare who will go straight into Group 1 company for a shot at the $500,000 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington.
If all goes well Samaready will go from the Lightning Stakes into the $1 million Group 1 Lexus Newmarket Handicap (1200m) back at the track on March 8.
She’ll also be set for a Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival bid targeting the now very lucrative $2.5 million Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on April 12.
“We’re thinking we’ll go to the Lightning with her and then the Newmarket and then five weeks after the Newmarket into the TJ Smith in Sydney,” Price confirmed.
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