Samaready and Lankan Rupee likely to clash in the Spring

By: Mark Mazzaglia
July 16th, 2014

Stablemates Samaready and Lankan Rupee are likely to clash in the up-coming Spring Carnival with trainer Mick Price to map out Group 1 campaigns for his two sprinting stars.

Samaready could clash with stablemate Lankan Rupee in the Spring.

Samaready could clash with stablemate Lankan Rupee in the Spring. Photo by Race Horse Photos Australia.

While a definite program hasn’t been set in place for his glamour sprinting mare Samaready, Price said that he would not avoid a clash with his new sprinting sensation Lankan Rupee.

Lankan Rupee’s Melbourne Spring  will include the Group 1 $450,000 Moir Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on September 26, the Group 1 $1m Sportingbet Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on October 24 and the Group 1 $1m Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington on November 8.

Dual Group 1 winner Samaready had a disappointing Autumn Carnival but Price still believes the four year old mare can be competitive at Group 1 level.

“It depends she’s only had twelve runs, she has to keep racing well and winning to keep holding her spot in the stable,” Price told Racing Victoria News.

“Anytime she races in a in a Group race, if she wins or runs a place it adds to her path of the pedigree page so as long as she is racing well and competitively on where we place her.

“She should have a year in front of her to improve her record as a racehorse before we breed from her the following season.

“That will be assessed after this racing season to see if she races onto to 2015/2016.”

Samaready was a star during her two year old season and took out the 2012 Group 1 $1m Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.

The More Than Ready mare then continued to race at the top level and collected her second Group 1 trophy by winning the  Moir Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley last Spring.

Samaready is currently in pre-training at Rockmount and is due back at Price’s Caulfield stables early next week along with her stablemate More Radiant.

“Samaready is at Rockmount and she will be in at Caulfield next Monday, her and More Radiant will be in at Caulfield next Monday,” Price said.

“I’m not sure what Peter Orton (part owner Vinery Stud’s General Manager) is thinking but we’ll get her in here and see what we can do with her.”

Australia’s new sprinting star Lankan Rupee is back in Price’s stables and a trip to Hong Kong for the Group 1 HK$15m Longines Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) at Sha Tin on December 14  is on the cards if he races up to expectations in the Spring.

“I think that Hong Kong is shortening in the market,” Price said.

“Optimistically, if he was to win the Patinack (Darley Classic) and wins the Hong Kong Sprint he is eligible for a bonus.

“I wouldn’t be doing the Winterbottom and Hong Kong and he would be having a break after the Patinack before we take him up.

“The stress of travel does take it out of them sometimes, but he had a good practice to Sydney and he will mature up a lot more again.

“It looks like a nice prep for him coming up.”

Lankan Rupee was crowned the best sprinter in the world after winning a hat trick of Group 1 races during the Melbourne and Sydney Autumn Carnivals.

The Redoute’s Choice four year old took out the Group 1 $400,000 Sportingbet Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield, the Group 1 $1m Lexus Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington and the Group 1 $2.5m Darley T J Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick.


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