Ready For Victory to Miss 2015 Golden Rose Stakes

September 2nd, 2015

Trainer Mick Price has been thrilled with the form and class displayed by Ready For Victory this time in, but has revealed connections have decided not to run the horse in the featured Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) on September 12th.

In-form colt Ready For Victory will not contest the 2015 Golden Rose Stakes. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell

In-form colt Ready For Victory will not contest the 2015 Golden Rose Stakes. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell

Ready For Victory stamped his claims as one to watch through a competitive two-year-old Autumn Carnival campaign, and returned to racing last weekend for a close second behind Gold Symphony in the Group 3 McNeil Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.

Confident the colt figured as a genuine chance for success in the 2015 Golden Rose, Price told Sky Racing HQ owners Sun International have elected to run their horses at Flemington on September 12th and have underlined the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) down the straight as his next target.

“Sun International is having a bit of a day at Flemington and they are happy to run him in the Danehill with D Oliver on,” Price said.

Jabali their other horse runs the same day and I believe that they have a filly to run also.

“They were a little bit concerned about a trip to Sydney to run and then come back and what that takes out of them.

“Personally I would have gone because you can’t win Group 1s, but sobeit and down the straight we go.”

Confident the horse is in line for a big preparation, Price said jockey Mark Zahra was thrilled with the feel offered up by Ready For Victory first-up and believes he should have won the McNeil Stakes.

“Zahra got off and said I wish I had drawn the outside, he clearly wins,” Price said.

“I was very happy with him and he just needed a bit of a clear crack at them.

“He had a couple of days there when he had a think about things, but this morning he was bouncing around like a little baby and he is really well in himself.

“He looks set for a big prep.”

Taking out the Listed Festival Of Racing 1000 (1000m) on debut in March, Ready For Victory progressed to an impressive fourth in the major Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) but failed to match the late pace when seventh in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) a fortnight later.

Ready For Victory was rated a $13 chance in 2015 Golden Rose betting markets with Ladbrokes.com.au prior to his removal from the potential field on Wednesday.

Godolphin runner Exosphere ($2.90) remains outright favourite to win the 2015 Golden Rose ahead of Press Statement ($3.80) and Vancouver ($4.20).