Unbeaten filly Samaready gets her chance to impress Sydneysiders at Rosehill on Saturday and trainer Mick Price says they won’t be disappointed.
The Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Stakes winner produced a sizzling gallop at Caulfield yesterday and convinced Price that Samaready is in prime condition to step out at Rosehill on Saturday in the Group 2 $300,000 Jacobs Creek Reisling Slipper Trial (1200m).
“She is physically and mentally in great shape. She is in perfect condition,” Price said.
“She certainly had the better of her rivals in the Diamond and from what we’ve seen of the Sydney two year olds, there are no stand outs.”
Price was most impressed with the filly’s work with race jockey Craig Newitt aboard and declared that she was on track for the Blue Diamond-Golden Slipper double.
The More Than Ready filly scampered over 800m in 48.15s coming the last 400m in 21.25s, running away from her work mate Halle Rock at the end of her gallop.
“Craig said he never moved on her and you don’t want to see her go any faster than that,” he said.
Price can’t see reason why Samaready won’t settle into her new surroundings at her first trip away from home and doesn’t see the reverse way of going an issue in her lead up to the Group 1 $3.5m AAMI Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill on April 7.
“She must contend with her first trip away but there is no doubt she can run the Sydney way and that she has the ability to win the Slipper.”
Samaready who has drawn barrier five in the Reisling Slipper Trial, is the reigning $4 Golden Slipper favourite and gets her chance to test other Slipper contenders including $12 Slipper chance Snitzerland.
The Gerald Ryan trained filly drew one inside Samaready in the nine horse field and will also be having her race start in Sydney even though she has won a Rosehill barrier trial before her four and a length win at Mornington in the $250,000 Inglis Premier Stakes (1200m) on February 15.
Jockey Corey Brown will stick with the Snitzel filly after she blew her opposition down the straight at Flemington in the Group 3 $125,000 TBV Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1200m) on March 10.
Brown was sure Snitzerland was up to Golden Slipper class after her impressive Flemington win when she showed good fighting qualities.
“To her credit she dug deep. She is still very new down the straight but going back to Sydney for the Golden Slipper, she had to do that today to be competitive,” Brown said after the Flemington win.
Ryan had tried to side step the wet Sydney weather with Snitzerland and even though Saturday’s track in currently rated a heavy 8, mostly clear skies are predicted leading up to the weekend.