Samaready Likely 2014 How Now Stakes Contestant

July 25th, 2014

Unable to reach the same peak form which delivered several impressive results over the 2013 spring, trainer Mick Price has revealed Group 1 winning mare Samaready may target lower-class events through the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival, including tilts at events such as the Group 3 How Now Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on September 20th.

Trainer Mick Price has revealed Samaready is likely to contest lesser races through the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival

Trainer Mick Price has revealed Samaready is likely to contest lesser races through the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Finishing a promising third behind Snitzerland and Shamexpress in the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) first-up on February 15th, the More Than Ready mare faded to finish sixth during the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) on March 8th before being unable to handle the late pace and 9th in the William Reid Stakes (1200m) most recently on March 21st.

Not ruling out an attempt at a third Group 1 victory during the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival, Price said taking a less-pressured path may allow the rising five-year-old to regain confidence and winning form.

“Samaready came in Monday and she had a quiet week.” Price told Racing Ahead.

“She looks great.

“She has won two Group 1s and as a mare I don’t think we need to go chasing many of the top line races.

“If she can go to set weights and penalties and just keep her winning that would be good and it would be good for her record as a broodmare.

“We are not going to get too ambitious with her.

“There will be Group 1’s there for her no doubt, but we will place her a little bit differently and she will be fine.”

Contesting an impressive total of six wins and two minor places from just 12 competitive starts so far, Samaready burst onto the racing season during the 2012 autumn; winning each of her first four starts including both the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) and Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m) before placing third in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m).

Spending a year in the spelling paddock after finishing fourth in the Listed Quezette Stakes (1100m) in August of 2012, the mare out of Samar contested just three events through the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival, winning both the Group 3 Stakes (1100m) and Group 1 Moir Stakes (1200m) before returning to the paddock following an eighth in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m).

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