The G1 Caulfield Guineas is renowned as a stallion-making race and Vinery champion More Than Ready has Ready For Victory primed to win the latest edition of the classic this Saturday.
Only two stallions have multiple entries in Australia’s premier mile for three year-olds – More Than Ready (Ready For Victory & More Than Most) and his Group 1 winning son Sebring (Lizard Island & Tulsa).
The Caulfield Guineas (1600m) has helped launch the stud careers of champion sires Redoute’s Choice, Show A Heart, Lonhro, Starspangledbanner and 2012 winner All Too Hard can join that elite group at Vinery.
Ready For Victory is from a half-sister to G1 AJC Champagne Stakes winner Meurice and he was purchased as a potential sire prospect by Eliza Park International. The Victorian stud got a bargain with a $240,000 bid as a yearling and he will be worth up to 100 times that price-tag if successful on Saturday.
The Mick Price trained colt won a Flemington stakes race on debut and went straight to Sydney for the G1 Golden Slipper where he was only beaten a length or two despite veering right off the track in the straight.
“He’s a genuine colt,” Price said. “Eliza Park International bought him with a view to running in the better races. He’s drawn a good gate and we’ve added blinkers. He’s worked fantastic with them this week and is cherry ripe.”
Jockey Glen Boss replaces the suspended Damien Oliver and he believes the shades have definitely made an improvement. “He is an outstanding colt. I rode him a couple of times early on and the blinkers have certainly switched him on.”
Ready For Victory is priced at $7.50 to make it a home-town result at Caulfield behind Sydney visitor Press Statement who is a short-priced $2.25 favourite. Vinery bought the standing rights to Press Statement last season and he returned for a brilliant last-start victory in the G2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill.