Trainer Talks up Napayshini

Stratum colt All The Talk held on to win the opening race at Warwick Farm on Saturday but that didn’t stop the trainer of runner-up Napayshini from making a bold prediction about his colt’s future.

Napayshini (Ready’s Image) missed the start to be a clear last early in the Warwick Farm Plate (1000m) before flashing home to get within a long head of the winner.  “He will win the Golden Slipper,” Gosford based Grant Allard told AAP Sydney editor Mathew Toogood.  “He’s the best horse I’ve ever trained.

“He missed the start but we will rectify that before he comes back here for the Inglis Nursery.  He’s a good horse and there’s so much to learn still.”

The $254,500 Inglis Nursery (1000m) is scheduled for Saturday, December 22 at Warwick Farm.  Napayshni means strong or courageous among the Native American Lakota tribe and is most often used as a male name.

He is by Ready’s Image, a USA bred son of More Than Ready who shuttles to Lincoln Farm in the Hunter Valley.  Like his sire, he was trained by Todd Pletcher and was a juvenile winner of the G3 Tremont Stakes at Belmont and G2 Sanford Stakes at Saratoga.

Napayshini is the first foal from Daloot (Danehill Dancer).  Second dam Zaloot (Zabeel) is a winning half-sister to G2 AJC Royal Sovereign winner Flying Pegasus.

Ready’s Image has only had one other starter – Honor The Moment – from his first southern crop.  Based in Melbourne, he was unplaced in the LR Merson-Cooper Stakes at Sandown last month but trainer John Salanitri holds him in high regard and is already mapping out a campaign for the G2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes in March.

Honor The Moment is from NZ bred mare Honor The Dance (Honor Grades).  She is a half-sister to the dam of G1 Victoria Derby – Melbourne Cup winner Efficient (Zabeel).

Napayshini and Honor The Moment are both bred on the celebrated More Than Ready – Danzig / Danehill cross.

Ready’s Image is working through a book that already numbers over 110 mares.  Lincoln Farm owner Nick Posa was fielding enquiries from interested breeders on Saturday afternoon and he confirmed there are openings for more mares.

Ready’s Image stands at a $5,500 (inc gst) service fee and he will head back to Walmac Farm before Xmas.  There have been seven winners among his first Kentucky bred crop of two year-olds.

Broodmare owners can call Posa at Lincoln Farm for further details on 0417 903 578

– Karl Patterson