With the defection of Black Caviar and Atlantic Jewel this spring two daughters of Vinery Stud's signature stallion More Than Ready (USA) look set to carry the torch for the females.
One of course one is John Singleton's eight time Group 1 winner More Joyous. The early favourite for the Cox Plate will make her seasonal debut shortly.
All eyes will be on last season's star filly Samaready when she begins her classic year in Saturday's Listed Quezette Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield.
The daughter of More Than Ready (USA) went out a short-priced favourite in the Golden Slipper after toying with her opposition in four previous starts, which included a glorious three length triumph in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes and a similar dominant performance in the Group 2 Reisling Stakes.
The Mick Price-trainee was dealt at a blow at the barrier draw for the Slipper. Taken back in the field by regular rider Craig Newitt, Samaready unwound a powerful run to finish third, beaten just one and three quarter lengths. While the winner Pierro went on to claim the triple crown and tie up championship honours, Samaready was done for the season with $1.2 million in the bank.
Bred by Gerry Harvey, Samaready was consigned by Vinery to the 2011 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling sale where she was knocked down to Belmont Bloodstock Agency for $150,000.
She is the fourth foal of the Sydney winning Secret Savings mare Samar who Harvey had purchased off the track for $28,000 from Emirates Stud.
A half-sister to Sydney Cup (G1) winner County Tyrone (Danewin), Samar is also the dam of Night War (General Nediym), who has won 5 races to date including the Karrakatta Plate (G2) and the Sir Ernest Lee-Steere Classic (G3) with earnings of over $570,000 Samar's 2yo filly by Northern Meteor failed to make her $150,000 reserve at the Magic Millions yearling sale in January.
Samar has a yearling filly by Testa Rossa and was bred back to Exceed and Excel last year.