Ready’s Image in Raptures

The Inglis Classic Sale attracts the right types and that’s been reflected in the prices paid for yearlings by Ready’s Image.

The Lincoln Farm shuttler topped the 2012 Classic averages ($52,917) among first crop sires (with more than two lots changing hands).  They were popular again this year when the average panned out at $51,000.

Leading trainers John Hawkes and Paul Perry bought Ready’s Image colts earlier this month and, not surprisingly, Yass based Rapture Farm weighed in with $65,000 and $60,000 for two of his fillies.

Rapture Farm owner June Baker, trainer Grant Allard and stud manager Karyn Callaughan have all been huge fans of Ready’s Image since the 2012 Classic Sale.  “Grant had been the under-bidder for his Topsinga colt that went for $100,000,” Callaughan recalled.  “Then he inspected the others and fell in love with the Daloot colt.

“It was like, ‘Who is this stallion?’  They were both outstanding types,” Callaughan added.  “Grant said he wasn’t going home without the Daloot colt.  He cost $57,500 and we named him Napayshini.”

Napayshini (2c Ready’s Image – Daloot by Danehill Dancer) made his debut with an was an eye-catching second to All The Talk at Warwick Farm on December 1.  “After the race, Grant was quoted as saying he would win the Golden Slipper,” Callaughan said.  “But those comments were taken out of context.

“The media dodged the winner and wanted to talk to Grant – that’s how good the run looked,” Callaughan continued.  “He laughed and asked them, ‘Do you want me to do a Gai Waterhouse and say he will win the Golden Slipper?’  They cut out the Gai connection and just published the last bit.”

Nevertheless, Napayshini is back in work and within a month of resuming for a campaign that will hopefully reach a climax in the $3.50 million G1 Golden Slipper on April 6.

Rapture s Farm kept stocking up on Ready’s Image after purchasing Napayshini.  “We bought a yearling filly at Scone in May and a weanling colt at the Inglis Foal Sale in June,” Callaughan said.  “We also sent four mares to him last year.”

Ready’s Image (More Than Ready) shuttles between Lincoln Farm and Walmac Farm in Kentucky.  He covered upwards of 110 mares at a $5,500 (inc gst) service fee here last year.  Among them was Rapture Farm’s maiden mare My Cookie Monster (Not A Single Doubt) who won 6 races at Warwick Farm and around the provincials.

– Karl Patterson