Four year old mare Samaready has thrown her name into the barrel as the country's best sprinter with a huge victory in the Group 1 Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley on Friday night. Up against a class field which included 8 other group winners, Samaready made them look second rate, with a dominating 4 length win.
She beat home favourite Buffering who battled on gallantly for second place, with outsider Le Bonsir getting into third.
Trainer Mick Price has done an amazing job with Samaready, patientily helping her recover from a fetlock injury sustained as a 3 year old. Normally, such an injury would spell the end of a horses career, so it was even more pleasing for all connections.
"She's developed into a nice four-year-old and can carry more muscle and be a bit stronger," Price said after the race.
"We're really wrapped that she can race in this company and race properly. She ran away with it."
The victory takes her record to 6 wins from 8 starts, with her only blemishes a gallant third in the 2012 Golden Slipper and fourth in the Quezette Stakes on a heavy track.
It was continued frustration for the connections of runner-up Buffering, who has been denied Group 1 success yet again. Buffering ran second in the Doomben 10,000 and Stradbroke Handicap last year, and second and third in the same races this year. He is still looking for that elusive Group 1 win, but will get his chance in the Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley in October.
Peter Moody-trained Moment of Change ran a respectable fourth, while other main chances Bel Sprinter, Epaulette and Snitzerland all finished well back.