Champion sires More Than Ready and Congrats have relocated to WinStar Farm in Kentucky as part of the on-going revamp of Vinery’s USA operations.
Vinery Australia is a separate business and both stallions will continue to shuttle to the Hunter Valley.
“Vinery has done a terrific job with these stallions and we will strive to be good stewards of their careers,” WinStar CEO Elliott Walden said. “They complement our roster extremely well and we look forward to our greatest days ahead.”
More Than Ready sired three well-bred winners in as many days last week and the trio are all destined for higher honours this season.
War (2c More Than Ready – Deedra by Zabeel) was a decisive trial winner at Rosehill on Tuesday and it won’t be long before he parlays that performance into a raceday victory. The Gai Waterhouse trained colt was runner-up to stablemate Whittington in the LR Breeders’ Plate at Randwick back in October.
War is a three-quarter brother to Gai’s champion mare More Joyous and Coolmore Stud bought him for $500,000 at the 2012 Inglis Easter yearling sale.
On Wednesday, More Than Ready colt Knoydart bolted in by five lengths at Warwick Farm. He is a homebred for Sheikh Mohammed and was racing second-up after 14 months on the sidelines.
Knoydart (3c More Than Ready – Regal Cheer by Arena) is the second foal of Regal Cheer who changed hands for $900,000 at the 2007 Inglis Easter Mare Sale – a year after she won the G1 Coolmore Classic.
Knoydart is from the very same Lomar Park family as the $1.35 million Fastnet Rock colt that topped the Gold Coast Magic Millions last week.
More Than Ready’s regally bred filly Mystical Miss was very impressive winning on debut at Ballarat on Thursday. The Peter Moody trained youngster was stuck out in the cheap seats but was a class above her opposition.
Mystical Miss (2f More Than Ready – Magical Miss by Danehill) was a $425,000 buy for leading Perth owner-breeder Bob Peters at the 2012 Inglis Easter yearling sale. Peters has enjoyed a profitable relationship with the Vinery champion through Group 1 filly Dreamaway and the stakes performers Dark Miss and Rafferty.
Her dam Magical Miss won the 2001 Thousand Guineas – Victorian Oaks double and it’s the same More Than Ready / Danehill cross that has produced more than 50 winners including Dreamaway (G1 WA Derby), Benicio (G1 VRC Derby) and Perfectly Ready (G1 Goodwood Stakes).
Mystical Miss can enhance that strike-rate in the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield on February 23.
More Than Ready filly Samaready won the 2012 Blue Diamond and bookmakers have priced Mystical Miss at $26 in pre-post markets for this year’s event.
– Karl Patterson