Samaready took her record to four wins from as many starts at her Sydney debut.
Unbeaten Victorian filly Samaready confirmed her place at the head of Golden Slipper markets with a dominant win in today’s $300,000 Group 2 Reisling Slipper Trial at Rosehill.
Just over an hour after crack Sydney colt Pierro confirmed his Slipper bona fides with a gutsy win, the Mick Price-trained star comfortably accounted for a number of highly-rated Slipper rivals in the fillies’ qualifier.
Price was pleased to see the daughter of More Than Ready embrace the Sydney way of going at what was her first start since her commanding Blue Diamond win on 25 February and suggested she would be even better in the Golden Slipper.
“I’ve tried to allow plenty of improvement into the slipper, so she’s basically done and ready now,” Price said.
“All I have to do is probably (give her) one gallop Tuesday week and she should be right. She’s the right filly to do it (win the Golden Slipper).”
A $4 chance heading into the Reisling Slipper Trial, Samaready tightened into $2.50 with TAB Sportsbet after her impressive display.
Samaready will become the first filly since another Victorian, Courtza, in 1989 to complete the Blue Diamond-Golden Slipper double if she wins the $3.5 million event on 7 April. Sepoy last year became the first male to complete the double since Manikato in 1978.
Where Samaready had come from just off the speed to win her three Victorian starts, she demonstrated another string to her bow when she came from second-last in the Reisling.
In-form jockey Craig Newitt opted to be patient after a moderate beginning, but launched a three-wide move at the 600m and quickly put herself just behind the leading division upon straightening.
Samaready cruised up alongside leader Snitzerland early in the straight and while the last-start Flemington winner offered a fight between the 300m and 150m, Samaready put the result beyond doubt with a powerful final 100m.
That carried the $1.50 favourite to a two-length win over Hussousa ($6), who did well to claim second after encountering a chequered passage in the straight, while Meidung ($26) flashed home to cut Snitzerland ($5.50) out of third.
“They just went mad early, they really set up a good speed and the beauty about this filly is she just does everything I ask her to,” Newitt said.
“I ended up a couple of lengths further back than I wanted to be, but I was always pretty confident and put her into the race before the corner. I made a reasonably long run on her but she was strong on the line.
“She almost gives you a better feel than what she does going the Melbourne way but if we can just keep her ticking over the next fortnight, we’ll be very happy.”
Samaready’s time of 1:12.05 was 0.09 seconds faster than the Gai Waterhouse-trained Pierro went to win the Todman Slipper Trial.
The son of Lonhro also remains unbeaten after pulling out a fighting performance to edge out the Peter Snowden-trained Epaulette, a half-brother to Helmet, with last night’s William Reid Stakes-winning jockey Nash Rawiller in the saddle.
Samaready’s win kicked off a good hour for Price, who back home at Caulfield produced Sheila’s Star to score an effortless win in the $70,000 Winning Edge Signature (1400m).