Vinery champion More Than Ready sired his first UK-Ireland juvenile winner of the year at the Curragh on Friday.
Sinaniya (2f More Than Ready – Sindirana by Kalanisi) is a homebred for the Aga Khan and she led from the outset to defeat another USA bred filly My Special J’S (Harlan’s Holiday) in the Irish Field Fillies Maiden (1400m).
The victory came hours after His Highness quit the French breeders’ association in protest following recent changes to breeders’ premiums. His resignation is being seen as the catalyst for a breakaway group of breeders forming its own organization.
The Aga Khan’s bloodstock manager Georges Rimaud said the latest changes to the French premiums scheme without proper economic argument was totally inappropriate. And he indicated there will be further resignations from the Syndicate des Eleveurs.
“There are others apart from us who feel the new measures don’t coincide with their vision for breeding,” Rimaud said. “If other people resign, I believe it will be because they don’t feel represented.”
Reports out of France indicate the Wertheimer brothers, Haras d’Etereham, Haras du Mezeray and Haras de Saint-Pair are also unhappy with the changes.
The source of the dispute is a change to the basic rate of breeders’ premiums to 10% which would rise to 15% for horses that were conceived in France. It will replace the current premium level of 14% for all horses born and raised in France.
Meanwhile, trainer John Oxx confirmed Sinaniya won’t be set for the G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes back at the Curragh on September 9. “We won’t be in a hurry. She´s not in the Moyglare but we will try to get a bit of black-type with her later this year.
“I didn´t think Sinaniya would win on that ground,” Oxx added. “In fact, I expected her to flounder on it! Both sides of her pedigree suggest she wants it better than soft.”
More Than Ready got her from Sindirana who was a Listed winner of the 2006 Lingfield Oaks Trial. The dam is a half-sister to Sinndar (Grand Lodge) who claimed the English – Irish Derby double and the Arc de Triomphe for the Aga Khan in 2000.
More Than Ready is currently engaged in a tight fight for the most individual juvenile winners in Australia this season. The Vinery champion is level-pegging with Exceed and Excel on 15 and they are just ahead of Snitzel (14) and Fastnet Rock (13).