Breeding barn beckons for Samaready

Dual Group 1-winning mare Samaready has been retired to the breeding barn and will visit All Too Hard this season.

Vinery Stud made the announcement on Twitter on Sunday morning after the five-year-old finished a lacklustre ninth in Saturday’s Group 3 Sportingbet Sprint Series Heat 2 Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.

Vinery Stud representative Connor Phelan confirmed the announcement to

“She will be returning to Vinery Stud and retired to the breeding barn,” Phelan said.

“We will settle her in and tee-up a visit to Black Caviar’s half-brother All Too Hard.”

Phelan said All Too Hard, a four-time Group 1 winner, would be a “great mating” for a maiden mare.

“His first crop of foals were truly exceptional; he is very good mating and a great way to start her,” Phelan said.

Samaready, by More Than Ready out of Samar, is a Moir Stakes (1200m) and Blue Diamond (1200m) winner, and amassed almost $1.67 million in prize money, winning six of her 13 career starts including five wins at Black-Type level.

The mare was the heavily-backed $2.80 favourite in Saturday’s race but trainer Mick Price said following the race that the timing of the disappointing performance meant the probability of retiring the fiver-year-old was “firming”.

“She did pull her right-front plate off and they never run well when they do that but it’s a difficult time of the year being September 20,” Price said.

“Do you go to stud or do you continue on? I don’t want to continue on if we’re not going to get a result with her.”

Settling just behind the leaders, Samaready was under pressure turning for home and was eventually beaten 3.7 lengths by the winner Girl Guide.

Jockey Damien Oliver defended Samaready post-race.

“It was a very slowly run race early and they sprinted home and she has pulled a shoe,” Oliver said.

“She’s been going better than that and I’d just want to see her again.”