02/25/2012 2:32PM

Australia: Samaready stays perfect with Blue Diamond Stakes win


Samaready, an Australian-bred 2-year-old filly by More Than Ready, remained unbeaten after three starts with a three-length win in Saturday’s $1.07 million Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse.

Sent off as the 6-5 favorite in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes, Samaready took command halfway through the race over about six furlongs before pulling clear over No Looking Back, an 11-2 shot. The 25-1 outsider Armed for Action finished third in the field of 16.

Samaready is trained by Mick Price and was ridden by Craig Newitt. The filly has the $3.74 million Golden Slipper Stakes on April 7 as a long-term goal.

There were two other Group 1 races on the Caulfield card.

King Mufhasa, an 8-year-old New Zealand-bred gelding won the $535,000 Futurity Stakes over seven furlongs, his second Group 1 win at Caulfield in the last six months.

Ridden by Nash Rawiller, King Mufhasa won the Futurity Stakes as the 8-5 favorite by 1 1/4 lengths over 13-5 second choice Pinker Pinker.

There was a major upset in the $428,000 Oakleigh Plate over 5 1/2 furlongs. The 20-1 outsider Woorim, ridden by Damian Browne, rallied late to win by a nose over 50-1 Elite Falls. Facile Tigre, a 25-1 shot, finished third.

Sepoy, the 11-5 favorite, could only finish fifth after leading in the stretch. Sepoy entered the race with nine wins in his first 10 starts, including the 2011 Blue Diamond Stakes.