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A half-sister to dual Group 1 winner Samaready, Samartested did well in her race debut at Geelong today placing second in a two-year-olds’ maiden plate.
2012 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Samaready is one of the true stars of trainer Mick Price’s Melbourne stables having amassed over $1.66 million in prize money over her 12 career starts.
Price then is hoping for more success with her younger half-sister Samartested, the two-year-old Testa Rossa filly sharing the dam Samar with Samaready.
The debut of the Gerry Harvey-owned juvenile took place this afternoon on the synthetic track at Geelong with Samartested running one and a half lengths away second to the Darren Weir-trained Osteria in the $15,000 GRC Function & Event Centre Maiden Plate (1200m).
Ridden by Craig Newitt she beat home the $3.10 favourite by two and a half lengths with the Robert Smerdon-trained Lord Chamberlain crossing for third.
Newitt had work to do on the runner-up too after she was slowly away from the gates and got caught up behind a number of other youngsters early.
Samartested showed promise however with a strong run in the straight for her placing behind the impressive all-the-way winner.
Rakti colt Osteria was ridden by Brad Rawiller today, improving on their two opening career runs to win in a race where they were forced to lead.
“On paper there didn’t look like there was much speed, it wasn’t out intention to lead but from the outside I wanted to begin well and hopefully dictate the race,” Rawiller said post-win.
“I thought if we could bounce away quick it would be a good chance to settle in a forward position.
“Once he got to the lead he switched off, last time we got one out and one back, which was perfect but he just over raced in the middle stages, that took away a bit of his dash, today he dashed quickly when we straightened
“It was a nice good confidence boost for him.”
Osteria’s managing part-owner Simon O’Donnell was pleased with the win both for the horse and their sire whose progeny they’ve had little success with.
“Brad thought there wasn’t a lot of speed and he is a bit of a free flowing horse, I don’t think we expected him to go crunch on the corner but he has shown good style up to today,” O’Donnell said.
“He is a home bred by Rakti, we have had a few of them, haven’t had much success, he is the first one that has had a win.”
As for Samartested, the result was a good one after Price made the decision to delay her maiden run after she drew barrier 14 of 14 for a race last Friday.
Along with Samaready, the filly is also a half-sister to Group 2 Karrakatta Plate winner Night War.
“She’s been a bit of a small and immature filly that hasn’t shown as much as Samaready obviously,” Price said last week.
“She will win races and we hope she can get to the metropolitan area and be successful.”
Samaready meanwhile hasn’t raced since a ninth to Spirit Of Boom in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley back in March.
She’s in pre-training at Vinery Stud’s Hunter Valley property after owners opted not to retire her just yet.
Price will welcome her back to his stables later this month before another spring racing carnival, her targets yet to be decided.
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