Brisbane colt Better Than Ready began a marvelous afternoon of racing for champion sire More Than Ready Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Better Than Ready (2c More Than Ready – Sally’s World by Agnes World) landed a long-priced plunge on debut when he powered home in the Ramsay Health Care Hcp (1000m). After missing the start, he overcame a troubled run in transit to win running away from Charge A Fortune (Charge Forward).
The dogs were barking Better Than Ready after he beat top mare Fillydelphia in a recent hit-out. And he left bookmakers reeling after being backed in from $21 to start a $2.80 favourite.
The Kelly Schweida trained youngster lost a plate and bruised a heel in transit but was a class above his rivals. “I think he could be the best horse I’ve ever trained,” Schweida claimed. “He’s still learning and didn’t know what to do in the straight. There’s a lot of improvement to come!”
Better Than Ready was a $120,000 graduate from Edinburgh Park as a foal at the 2010 Magic Millions National weanling sale and then made $140,000 at the 2011 Inglis Easter yearling sale.
His dam Sally’s World is a half-sister to G3 Melbourne sprinter Publishing (Testa Rossa) who will have his first two year-olds from Raheen Stud ready to race in 2012-13.
Sally’s World won five races around Sydney at the provincials for John Singleton and she has since changed hands twice. Now under the ownership of Patinack Farm, she has a yearling filly by Northern Meteor and a filly foal by Husson.
Vinery champion More Than Ready notched his 96th stakes winner later in the day when Landing scored a clear-cut victory in the LR South Pacific Classic at Randwick. And Singleton’s champion mare More Joyous capped off a memorable day with a G1 triumph in the Doncaster Mile.
More Than Ready has now sired 898 individual winners of 2,589 races world-wide at a 71% strike-rate.