Grand milestone for More Than Ready

Vinery champion More Than Ready sired his 1,000th individual winner at Bathurst on Saturday.  The Gary Portelli trained mare Music Media posted the milestone in the Narellan Pools Maiden Hcp (1200m).

Music Media (4m More Than Ready – Harley Ma by Shovhog) started a $3 favourite at her first run since June.  She had been unplaced in five prior runs around the provincials.

Music Media was bred in Victoria by Brian Singer’s Echo Beach Bloodstock and made $110,000 at the 2010 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.  Her dam Harley Ma was a Listed winner of the 2003 Morphettville Guineas.

Harley Ma was sold for $8,500 at the 2011 Inglis Easter Broodmare Sale to Queensland based Oaklands Stud.  She foaled a colt by Ferocity in August.

More Than Ready’s 1,000 winners have won 2,904 races world-wide.  There have been 107 stakes winners among that total and his strike-rate is a sky-high 72%.

More Than Ready improved his record to 1,001 winners later on Saturday when Normative Appeal won her maiden on turf at Tampa Bay Downs in Florida.

Normative Appeal (3f More Than Ready – Divine Lady by Kris S.) drew off to score by four lengths over 1600m for trainer James Toner.  She is from a winning half-sister to G1 Keeneland Blue Grass Stakes winner Bandini.

More Than Ready stands for a $121,000 (inc gst) fee at Vinery and has just finished his 12th season shuttling to the Hunter Valley.

– Karl Patterson

Milestone winner on Saturday