Vinery’s More Than Ready, who stands for $45,000 live foal in Kentucky, is well on his way to sewing up the Juvenile sire championship in Australia with 2-year-old Phelan Ready’s score in the Group 1 Golden Slipper at Rosehill — the richest 2-year-old race in the world — this weekend. Before the Slipper, Phelan Ready had accounted for the lucrative and restricted Magic Millions 2-year-old Classic, and through five starts the Australian-bred gelding has earned more than A$3.3million! More Than Ready stands at Dr. Tom Simon’s Vinery Australia in New South Wales, where last year he reportedly covered 175 mares for A$110,000. He had a spike in popularity last breeding season after his 2-year-old son Sebring won the Slipper and his daughter Augusta Proud won the Magic Millions, so what now after back-to-back winners of the same 2-year-old races? The talk at the current Easter sales is that stud fees have to come down in Australia, but More Than Ready’s doesn’t figure to.
More Than Ready has sired at least 55 stakes winners, but all five of his Group 1 winners were bred in the Southern Hemisphere: Phelan Ready, Sebring, Perfectly Ready, Benicio, and Carry on Cutie. Three of these are out of Danehill-line mares, Ausgusta Proud was from a Langfuhr mare, and Grade 2 Fantasy Stakes winner Ready to Please is out of a Pine Bluff mare, so Danehill/Danzig has been a successful formula for the horse, and in Australia he no doubt gets plenty of these bloodlines.
Speaking of Vinery, the farm won the Grade 1 Carter with Kodiack Kowboy (by Vinery stallion Posse) this weekend and co-owns the live Derby contender Friesan Fire, who’s out of an Australian-bred mare. Friesan Fire’s second dam, Bint Marscay, also was a Slipper winner. Australian pedigree authority David Bay purchased Bint Marscay at auction for A$100,000 for Sheikh Rashid bin Hamdan Al Nahyan in the early 1990s.