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Phelan Ready wins
the Golden Slipper

THE More Than Ready colt Phelan Readywon the world's richest race for two-year-olds when winning the Golden Slipper Stakes in emphatic fashion at Rosehill on Saturday.

He became just the second horse to win the Millions-Slipper double after Dance Hero in 2004.

The Bruce and Jason McLachlan-trained Phelan Ready had the outside barrier in the field of 16 for the AS$3.5 million showpiece but jockey Brad Rawiller gave him a perfect run throughout and he proved far too good for his rivals in the 1200m dashfor cash.

For the second season in succession More Than Ready has sired the winner of both the Golden Slipper and the Magic Millions winner having achieved the feat in 2008 with Seabring, winner of the Golden Slipper and with Augusta Proud, who won the Magic Millions.

The son of Southern Halo finished in second spot in last season's general sires' list behind Encosta de Lago and easily won the Champion Juvenile Sire title, a title he is now certain to win again this season. He stands at Vinery Stud and his fee for 2009 has yet to be announced.

Phelan Ready, a $A150,000 (£69,000) yearling purchase at last year's Magic Millions was not assured of a start in the Golden Slipper due toinsufficient eligible prize-money and only scraped into the top 18 after the final qualifying races last weekend.

>>Carnegie's son Vision and Power won the Group 1 World City George Ryder, while the Group 1 BMW Stakes went to the New Zealand-bred Zabeel gelding Fiumicino.

Vision and Power became the fifth Group 1 winner for the Darley sire, whose star performer in the last two seasons has been the four-time Group 1 winner Tuesday Joy. Vision and Power had previously finished second to Tuesday Joy in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes and fourth in the Ranvet Stakes.

 

 

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