Vinery champion More Than Ready warmed up for a Group 1 weekend with promising midweek maiden winner Polarmore.
Polarmore (3c More Than Ready – Polar Success by Success Express) won like a black-type winner of the future in the Peters Meats Hcp (1150m) at Randwick on Wednesday. The John O’Shea trained colt came from midfield to blow his rivals away clocking 33.72s for the final 600m.
“That was outstanding,” jockey James McDonald said. “He came up the rise just smoking.”
Polarmore races in similar interests to Samaready after making $500,000 at the 2012 Inglis Easter yearling sale. He is from Golden Slipper winner Polar Success and is owned by Segenhoe Stud’s Kevin Mahoney along with Vinery Stud partners Alan Green, Steve McCann, Greg Perry and Neil Werrett.
Trainer John O’Shea said Polarmore is still a work in progress. “He’s got to learn his trade and needs some miles under the belt. Then we can target some of the bigger races at the autumn carnival.”
O’Shea has won feature races with More Than Ready gallopers Olonana (2009 Challenge Stakes), Elite Falls (2011 Reisling Slipper Trial) and Ashokan (2012 Skyline Stakes). He also prepares More Than Faith who won at Kembla Grange and Canterbury before a last-start second in the LR Reginald Allen Quality at Rosehill.
Samaready is a short-priced favourite for the G1 Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley on Friday night. The More Than Ready mare is coming off a consummate Group 1 victory in the Moir Stakes last month.
– Karl Patterson