The More Than Ready – Flying Spur cross generated its latest black-type winner when Ashokan scored a G3 victory in the Skyline Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.
Ashokan (2c More Than Ready – November Flight by Flying Spur) immediately firmed from $101 into $26 for the G1 Golden Slipper on April 7 behind More Than Ready’s market-leader Samaready.
The Skyline Stakes winner is trained by John O’Shea for Dr Edmund Bateman and he was the most expensive yearling by More Than Ready at the 2011 majors when making $810,000 at the Inglis Easter Sale.
Ashokan is the first foal of G3 STC Millie Fox Stakes winner November Flight. “He’s an exciting, free-running horse,” O’Shea said. “He’s still learning and the blinkers helped.”
Vinery champion More Than Ready has now sired 95 stakes winners world-wide and his combination with Arrowfield legend Flying Spur has been very productive starting with Sebring in the 2008 Golden Slipper.
Skyline Stakes runner-up Raceway is another talented colt by More Than Ready out of a Flying Spur mare. He won the LR Canonbury Stakes in February and was far from disgraced after a slow getaway on Saturday.
Raceway is trained by Gai Waterhouse and is currently priced at $11 for the Golden Slipper. Stablemate Later Gator is another More Than Ready – Flying Spur product and so is last start Canterbury winner Rampaging. Later Gator won by four on debut before a close third in the LR Black Opal Stakes last Sunday.
Cambiaso kick-started the current season for the More Than Ready – Flying Spur cross with a LR victory in the Maribyrnong Trial Stakes in October. And Patinack filly Dysfunction added more black-type when she was runner-up in the LR Calaway Gal Stakes at Eagle Farm in December.
Ashokan has another Golden Slipper link further back in his pedigree. He is a direct descendant of Century Miss who scored a last-stride victory in the 1979 edition of our juvenile grand final.