More Than Ready has capped off a winning week with his upside filly Zolani at Pakenham.
Zolani charged home to score with a bit in hand on Thursday for a partnership that includes syndicator Wylie Dalziel and breeder Greg Perry. “She’s shown a lot of ability at home and took up the challenge today,” jockey Luke Nolen said. “She ran away from them with 59kg – it was a nice performance.
“It’s good to see her bounce back. She won well first-up but it’s a bit of a mystery why she failed last time.”
Zolani is from G2 Sunline Stakes winner Nakaaya (Tiger Hill) and cost Caulfield trainer Ciaran Maher $100,000 out of the Vinery draft at the 2015 Gold Coast Magic Millions
More Than Ready led turnover at the Magic Millions National Yearling Sale this week with 8 lots totalling $1,124,500. His colt from Xandretta (Flying Spur) topped the overall leader-board when knocked down for $380,000 on Monday and his filly out of Quaintly (Giant’s Causeway) made $280,000 on Wednesday.
Quaintly won at Wexford and Tipperary prior to a move to the USA where she was Group 3 placed over 2000m and 2400m at Hollywood Park. Agent David Lucas bought her More Than Ready filly on behalf of Dubai-based Phoenix Thoroughbreds. “She’s a cracking type. As soon as I saw her, I thought she was one of the nicest fillies here,” Lucas said. “She’s beautifully put together and is a nice loose walker.
“The More Than Readys generally get up and go fairly early and she is reasonably mature so she won’t take a hell of a lot of time.”
The Vinery champion has Centre Pivot ready to return from a spell in the LR June Stakes at Randwick on Saturday, however, trainer Peter Robl warned he will be scratched if the track is any worse than slow.
Centre Pivot’s last black-type victory was in the 2015 LR Bernborough Hcp at Doomben and his goal this campaign is the LR Civic Stakes at Rosehill on July 1.
Meanwhile, More Than Ready’s G1 Kingston Town Classic winner Perfect Reflection is marking time in Western Australia. Owner-breeder Bob Peters is hoping she will recover from a hip injury in time for another summer carnival in Perth.