Caulfield’s Mick Price has ambitious plans to head to Sydney in a fortnight for a shot at the coveted Golden Slipper 2015 with his debut Flemington winner Ready For Victory.
The More Than Ready colt had his opening career win on Australian Guineas Day at Flemington Racecourse today and was strong to the line running smart time to win the $120,000 Listed Festival of Racing 1000 (1000m).Nicholas Hall had the mount on the market mover who has plenty of upside heading towards a tough assignment in the $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens on March 21.
“We’ve been waiting a while with him,” Hall said after the win.
“Not all of them are as fast as they look, but thankfully he is.”
Hall was happy with the run of his galloper who was off the bit and chasing all the way down the Flemington straight, the pace in the first set by the Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra-trained Heatherly.
“It really suited him to sit back off the bridle and chase today,” Hall said.
Smart Lonhro filly Heatherly, coming off a fifth to Fontiton in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude (1100m) at Caulfield in mid-February, jumped away well from the inside alley with Damian Lane in the saddle.
She went down on the inside and quickly led by two lengths from the John O’Shea-trained Bantam who was also away swiftly from the barriers.
Ready To Victory was under the whip with 400m left to go while Heatherly, a good measuring stock at the short course for any horse that got over the top of her, was flying along up front.
Hall had the eventual winner stoking up on the outside however really hitting his straps and going after the leader who looked to be coming to a halt.
Ready To Victory ($3.50) finished off the best, the momentum building well for him, and staked his claims for his Sydney trip for the Golden Slipper Stakes with Price giving him the big tick after a tremendous debut in good time.
The horse responded well to the riding and got strong and stronger, collaring race favourite Heatherly ($3.10) right on the line to show he was wanting further than the 1000m already.
“I reckon there’s some improvement. He’ll be better over a little bit further,” Hall said of the winner.
In a brave third was then the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Claudia Jean ($7), a $101 roughie shot for the Golden Slipper this autumn.
Ready To Victory meanwhile was paying $26 in the all-in Golden Slipper odds before his win on debut, a price likely to firm after his trainer confirmed their trip to Sydney.
“He’s got to come through this, get on a float to Sydney and go the reverse way,” Price said.
“So it’s a big task but you certainly can’t win it sitting at home.
“He’s got good depth of ability and is out of a Zabeel mare (Crillon).
“At least we’ll get the chance to find out.”
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2015 Festival of Racing 1000 Results & Finishing Order
Flemington Race 1 – 07/03/2015
|1||3||READY FOR VICTORY||Mick Price||Nicholas Hall||–||5||56kg||$3.40|
|2||8||HEATHERLY||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Damian Lane||0.2L||1||54kg||$3F|
|3||6||CLAUDIA JEAN||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Michael Walker||2.95L||2||55kg||$7|
|4||9||TIZ MY VIEW||Sam Pritchard-Gordon||Glen Boss||3.15L||6||54kg||$26|
|5||4||VON VACHERON||Matt Laurie||Luke Currie||4.15L||3||56kg||$16|
|6||2||SAN SIERRA||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Chris Symons||4.65L||7||56kg||$61|
|7||7||OUR VIDIA (NZ)||Byron Cozamanis||Craig Williams||6.9L||9||54kg||$14|
|8||5||TAKE PRIDE||Murray Johnson||Cory Parish||7.1L||8||55kg||$9.50|
|9||1||BANTAM||John O’Shea||Jamie Mott||10.1L||4||57kg||$17|