Victorian trainer Mick Price is confident classy mare Samaready can perform from the outset and score a memorable first-up victory in this weekend’s Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington.
Having not been seen competitively since pulling up lame in last year’s Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) in October, Samaready trialled particularly well at Caulfield on Tuesday and is on course to repeat her first-up triumph of 2013, with regular partner Craig Newitt confirmed to take the ride.
“That was nice work. She is going great” Newitt told News Limited following the 800m hit-out.
Price was also happy with Tuesday’s work, and while confident in the seemingly refreshed abilities of the More Than Ready mare, conceded the race is likely to come right down to the wire ahead of final acceptances tomorrow.
“You may have a couple of two-year-olds, a few three-year0olds and some quality mature gallopers” Price told News Limited.
“She is a happy mare now; her coat is coming through and she is ready to go.
“It looks a really interesting race, but I couldn’t be happier with Samaready”.
Following a quality piece of work at a Flemington trial last week, Price revealed John O’Shea’s Bernabeu as particularly strong competition; most notable for taking out the Flemington Fling over 1000 on the famous Flemington straight on Melbourne Cup day last year.
Of the 14 nominations received on Monday for the 2014 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes, 13 are currently expected to accept, with leading contender Streama confirmed by trainer Guy Walter to stay in Sydney and contest the Group 2 Breeders’ Classic (1200m).
Having saddled top four-year-old Lankan Rupee to a thrashing win in last weekend’s Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield, Price is a legitimate chance of continuing a near-perfect start to the 2014 calendar with Samaready this weekend.
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