Vinery champion More Than Ready is on the cusp of another milestone after Ready To Rip’s victory in the LR All Victorian Sprint Final (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday.
Ready To Rip (4g More Than Ready – Lady Langham by Danehill) landed a huge gamble first-up after firming in from $10 to a $2.40 favourite. “It wasn’t stable inspired,” trainer Peter Moody claimed. “Someone owes us a six-pack.”
Ready To Rip knuckled down for a determined victory over Gossip Girl down the straight-six. The runner-up is by Vinery sire Testa Rossa and she was coming off a front-running victory at headquarters last month.
More Than Ready has now sired 99 stakes winners of 192 black-type races world-wide. His Flemington winner is a $55,000 graduate of Baramul Stud’s draft at the 2009 Gold Coast Magic Millions.
Ready To Rip is a younger half-brother to Sir Lago (Encosta de Lago) who was G3 placed in the 2006 Norman Robinson Stakes at Caulfield before going on to a successful career in Hong Kong. He also hails from the extended family of More Than Ready’s champion mare More Joyous.
“He’s a real professional and did a good job first-up down the straight,” Moody said. “It also brought up 200 winners for us this season and I would like to congratulate all my owners, staff and jockeys.”
Hoofnote: USA Bloodhorse reported More Than Ready sired his 100th stakes winner world-wide on May 12, however, there are some anomalies in the eligibility of black-type races in various racing jurisdictions.
Arion Pedigrees collates the figures used by AAP and the racing and breeding industries in Australian & NZ. Arion manager Andrew Stewart highlighted the differences last year when it was widely reported Galileo had sired 100 stakes winners.
“Arion had Galileo on 92 stakes winners at that same stage,” Stewart said. “His northern hemisphere total included hurdle and steeple stakes races that aren’t included in our statistics.”