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Readyor decision later in the week


In-form filly Readyor will be an acceptor in two states on Saturday as trainer John Thompson tries to find the right race to extend her winter winning streak.

Thompson said he would leave his options open until as late as possible before deciding on Brisbane or Sydney for Readyor’s hat-trick bid.
“The barrier and the weather will have a big say in where she goes,” the Patinack Farm head trainer said.

“She is a pretty laid-back horse so leaving it until late won’t be a worry for her.”

Readyor is among 20 entries for the Group One Winter Stakes (1400m) at Eagle Farm but Thompson said he was leaning to the WJ Healy Stakes (1200m) as the preferred Brisbane option for the filly.
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Should Readyor remain in Sydney, Thompson favours running the three-year-old against all-comers in a 1200-metre handicap at Randwick in preference to a fillies and mares race.

“She is going to get too much weight in the fillies and mares race,” he said.

If Sydney’s run of rain-affected tracks continues, Thompson said Randwick would be a logical target for Readyor.

“She’s better on heavy going than anything else … she’s just a swimmer,” he said.

A daughter of leading sire More Than Ready, Readyor was knocked down to Patinack Farm for $520,000 during April’s Australian Easter Broodmare Sale.

She is well on her way to repaying her purchase price after successive Randwick wins from as many starts for the stable.

Backed from $7 to $4.60 favouritism when sporting Patinack colours for the first time, Readyor was lifted across the line by jockey Peter Robl to win on a heavy track on May 29.

Robl had the mount again when Readyor accounted for Counterpane on June 12 and the stable-retained rider will be in the saddle – irrespective of venues – on Saturday.

Patinack Farm will have two Winter Stakes runners – Happy Hippy and So Anyway.