The Mick Price trained Samaready will start a short priced favourite in Saturday’s $1m Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday after the barrier draw was completed today.
In a field of twenty including four emergencies, Samaready draw eight and will come in one position if first emergency Fire Thunderbolt doesn’t gain a start.
The undefeated filly skipped to the top of the betting on the strength of two very impressive wins and has been posted at $2.10, way ahead of The Travelling Man ($10) and the Gai Waterhouse filly No Looking Back at $11.
Samaready scored first up at Flemington over 1000m in December before Price gave her a short break.
The More Than Ready filly then blew her opposition away when she resumed with a three and quarter lengths win in the Group 3 $125,000 Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Prelude for fillies over 1100m at Caulfield on February 11.
Price and jockey Craig Newitt were full of praise for their filly and were looking forward to her going around in the Blue Diamond.
“She was three deep out on a limb and toed up to them and then went away very easily,” Newitt said after the Prelude win.
“All she wants to do this preparation is relax and travel and come Blue Diamond day she’ll be one hundred and ten percent.”
The Tony McEvoy trained Jimando has drawn the outside of the twenty horse field and the one time Blue Diamond favourite is now out to $12.
The Travelling Man who hasn’t started since winning the Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Preview for colts and geldings on Australia Day has drawn well at two for trainer Matt Laurie and jockey Ben Melham.
The David Hayes pair of General Rippa (5) and Mama’s Choice (12) are both at $15 with late entry Formidable one point ahead at $14.
Blue Diamond field
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||1||GENERAL RIPPA||David Hayes||Steven Arnold||5||56.5kg||78|
|2||1X3||JIMANDO||Tony McEvoy||Blake Shinn||20||56.5kg||72|
|3||1X46||CAMBIASO||Danny O’Brien||James Winks||17||56.5kg||72|
|4||4X1||THE TRAVELLING MAN (NZ)||Matt Laurie||Ben Melham||2||56.5kg||72|
|5||1||BUSH AVIATOR||Danny O’Brien||Jamie Mott||10||56.5kg||72|
|6||173||FERMENT||John P Thompson||Noel Callow||4||56.5kg||68|
|8||23X4||ANDRE ROO HOO||Robbie Laing||Steven King||13||56.5kg||66|
|9||12||NO LOOKING BACK||Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller||19||54.5kg||78|
|10||11||SAMAREADY||Mick Price||Craig Newitt||8||54.5kg||84|
|11||51X0||REAL STOLLE||John P Thompson||–||18||54.5kg||70|
|12||122||FORMIDABLE||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Chris Symons||3||54.5kg||72|
|13||1X24||MEMBERS JOY||Robert Smerdon||Glen Boss||7||54.5kg||72|
|15||1||MAMA’S CHOICE||David Hayes||Dwayne Dunn||12||54.5kg||72|
|16||11||ARMED FOR ACTION||Anthony Freedman||Craig Williams||11||54.5kg||72|
|17e||1||FIRE THUNDERBOLT||Phillip Stokes||–||6||56.5kg||66|
|18e||3225||MRS GRAY||David Hayes||Luke Nolen||15||54.5kg||64|
|19e||4||PRONTO PRONTO||Jason Warren||–||9||56.5kg||62|
|20e||–||AL ANEED||Mick Price||Damien Oliver||14||56.5kg||–|