Widden Stud Cheer Ready Set Sail
The Group III VRC TBV Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes at Flemington for two year-old fillies produced a thrilling finishing with a rare dead heat between Godolphin homebred Flitand More Than Ready (USA) filly Ready Set Sail , a homebred for well known owner breeder Bill Frost.
Both fillies had raced once previously in maiden class, but jumped out of the ground in this tougher Black Type assignment over 1200 metres.
Flit, with Dwayne Dunn on board settled off the pace and charged to the line, kicking clear for what appeared a certain victory until Ready Set Sail flew out of the pack under strong riding from Damien Oliver to make a race of it.
They went to the line head to head with judge unable to separate them at the post.
“That’s better than second,” said Ready Set Sail’s trainer Mick Price.
“She has that Group III win to go on the pedigree page now which is so important for these fillies.
“She’ll go out now. She’s a very scopey filly that will be a beautiful spring three year-old.”
James Cummings has a good opinion of Flit and sees better things ahead for the daughter of Medaglia D’Oro.
“She’s a good filly, she just jogged up to them and then was probably waiting for the others to get to her.
“Medaglia D’Oro fillies have had a good run for us of late with Tenley and Pohutukawa. They have the scope to keep improving.”
Foaled and raised at Widden Stud for her owner breeder Bill Frost and his family, Ready Set Sail is the fourth foal and fourth winner from Fastnet Rock mare Jolie Brise, a good metropolitan winner that was fourth in the Group I MRC Thousand Guineas.
A half-sister to stakes-winner Rutherford Eagle and daughter of Group III winner Vestey, Jolie Brise has a weanling full brother to Ready Set Sail and was covered last spring by Zoustar.