‘Sama’ ready for a Blue Diamond tilt

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Astute Caulfield trainer Mick Price unearthed a Blue Diamond candidate when Samaready professionally dispose of her opposition in the Spotless Plate (2YO, 1000m) at Flemington on debut today.

The $150,000 2010 Inglis Easter Yearling purchase aided by barrier one, hugged the fence throughout before pulling away in the final 200m.

Price who has an infamous history in the Blue Diamond says that Samaready will improve greatly for the race experience.

Not seen at a public trial, the bay filly by two time champion two-year-old sire More Than Ready, settled third behind General Nap, who raced off the fence with Grand Emperor on its outside.

General Nap gave in at the 300m with Grand Emperor and Samaready moving to the front together.

Mrs Gray followed General Nap and was switched to the outer of Grand Emperor’s rump to avoid interference.

Alzora took runs on the fence behind Samaready.

At the 200m Grand Emperor had enough and Mrs Gray pulled back a length on Samaready but never looked a true threat.

Alzora, a $115,000 purchase by Redoute’s Choice and Bryce Canyon ran a respectable third on debut.

“I thought she may be been a bit underdone,” Price said about Samaready.

“I have been away a week in Hong Kong and my staff said she had been lying down all day and sleeping.

“But she is very sound, not shin sore, knees good, so I went into it on the soft side of things.

“She looked a bit tubby in the mounting yard.

“There is a lot of improvement in her, I have just got to structure a plan for the Blue Diamond but she is a genuinely good filly.

“She has a great temperament and I have a really good opinion of her.

“I will probably go into a Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) in February before the Blue Diamond.

Price’s galloper Roedean won the 2003 Blue Diamond but lost it after testing positive to a prohibited substance.

Jockey Craig Newitt went top of the Melbourne premiership with 28 victories after the win.

“I thought she would be better suited around a corner but Mick chose this race,” Newitt said.

“She appreciated being on the fence but she was very impressive at the end.

“She has a great attitude, the only horse that went to the barrier without breaking into a sweat.”

“She has a bright future.”

Samaready’s dam Samar (Secret Savings) has now had four to race for four winners, the other three being  Lucky Moment, Night War and Demetria – all city class.

Samar is a half sister to Group 1 winner County Tyrone.

Race favourite Catalonia was always well back.

Race 1 – 12:45PM Spotless Plate (1000 METRES)
Of $70,000.1st $42,700, 2nd $12,600, 3rd $6,300, 4th $3,150, 5th $1,750, 6th $700, 7th $700, 8th $700, 9th $700, 10th $700
Set Weights plus Penalties, Two-Years-Old, Apprentices cannot claim.
This race carries a SUPER VOBIS Nominators Bonus of $7,000 and a SUPER VOBIS Owners Bonus of $23,000 for qualified horses.Track Condition: Dead 4 Time: 0:56.81 Last 600m: 0:32.87 INTERIM RESULTS
Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 8 SAMAREADY Mick Price Craig Newitt 1 53kg $6.50
2 6 MRS GRAY David Hayes Luke Nolen 1.25L 2 53kg $8
3 7 ALZORA David Hayes Dean Holland 2.5L 3 53kg $31
4 2 ABSOLUTE SPIRIT John McArdle Chris Symons 4L 7 55kg $5.50
5 5 CATALONIA Peter Snowden James Winks 4.2L 4 53kg (cd 53.5kg) $4F
6 4 GRAND EMPEROR Dean Howard Adam McCabe (a) 4.4L 6 55kg $12
7 1 FERMENT John P Thompson Jamie Mott 8.65L 8 57.5kg $4.60
8 3 GENERAL HAP Robbie Griffiths Brad Rawiller 9.65L 5 55kg $13
9 SWEET GRACE Danny O’Brien Scr 0



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