Vinery champion More Than Ready enhanced his global credentials with ultra impressive debut winner Undeterred at Nakayama on Saturday.
Undeterred (USA) kicked off her career with a brilliant victory in a 3YO Newcomer over 1200m. She cleared out to score by six lengths and the win wasn’t unexpected. She started a firm $2.60 favourite and put the race beyond doubt clocking a 10.70s sectional between the 1000m and 800m.
Undeterred (3f More Than Ready – Social Director by Deputy Minister) is trained by Masaaki Koga for U.Taiki Farm. She was an $80,000 buy from the Gainesway draft at the 2010 Keeneland September yearling sale.
Her dam Social Director was a G3 winner at Woodbine and she has now foaled five winners from five to the races. The best of the them to date has been G2 Mazarine Breeders’ Cup winner Dream About (Cherokee Run) and she, in turn, has foaled LR Monmouth Park winner Sleepless Knight (War Chant).
More Than Ready has sired 94 individual stakes winners of 180 stakes races around the globe. He has earnings of over $35 million in the United States alone, helped along by 2010 Breeders’ Cup winners Pluck (BC Juvenile Turf) and More Than Real (BC Juvenile Fillies Turf).
The Vinery shuttler added another Breeders’ Cup to his record last year when Regally Ready claimed the Sprint Turf at Churchill Downs. Trainer Steve Asmussen sent him to Dubai and he will tackle the Meydan Sprint (1000m) on turf this weekend leading into the G1 Al Quoz Sprint on March 31.
Regally Ready will have to overcome another More Than Ready on World Cup night with Australian-bred galloper Better Be The One lining up against him and fellow Singapore raider Rocket Man.
Better Be The One was narrowly beaten by JJ The Jet Plane and War Artist in the 2011 edition of the Al Quoz Sprint. He was initially known as Common Interest in Australia winning a Flemington Listed event in March 2009.
Trainer Lee Freedman was setting Common Interest for the 2009 Golden Slipper but he went amiss in one of the lead-ups. Queensland colt Phelan Ready filled the breech to give More Than Ready a running double in the Golden Slipper following Sebring in 2008.
His outstanding Blue Diamond Stakes winner Samaready can make it three Slippers in five years on April 7.