Samaready outstanding in Moir

| September 30, 2013
Craig Newitt and Samaready land the Moir Stakes.

Craig Newitt and Samaready land the Moir Stakes.

SAMAREADY put forward a compelling case to suggest she is Australia’s best sprinter with a stunning performance to win the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1200m) easily leaving a number of stars in her wake.

Her jockey Craig Newitt summed up the performance at Moonee Valley last night with a simple “wow” before expanding to say the win smacked of arrogance .

The ease of the win didn’t surprise Newitt as he said he was blown away by her track work at Moonee Valley last Monday morning.

“To me that was the best she had worked since before she won the Blue Diamond and it was probably better than then,” Newitt said.

Her trainer Mick Price also described the win as arrogant and said she would probably have her next start in the Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley on October 26.

Samaready, now a four-year-old mare, took her record to six wins from eight starts.

Her only defeats were a third in the 2012 Golden Slipper Stakes after having had a torrid run and a fourth in the Quezette Stakes on a heavy track at her only start as a three-year-old filly before being sidelined with a tear in her backside for a year.

Price said physically Samaready could not be in better shape.

Price thanked one of Samaready’s owners Peter Orton for not letting her leave Vinery Stud until her injury had healed.

Samaready ($7) sat off the hectic speed and swooped around the field on the turn before bounding away to win by four lengths easing up over Buffering ($3.50) and stablemate Le Bonsir ($26).

Buffering’s trainer Robert Heathcote said he was getting used to finishing second in Group 1 races after his gallant sprinter recorded his tenth Group 1 placing and his sixth second.

“He tried his heart out but he bumped into a better one,” Heathcote said.

Damien Oliver, who rode Bel Sprinter who finished sixth, and Kerrin McEvoy, who rode Epaulette who finished seventh, both said their mounts didn’t handle the wet.


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