Eye-catcher ... Samaready. Photo: Vince Caligiuri
Mick Price is confident last year's Blue Diamond winner Samaready will continue her successful comeback from injury in the group 1 $450,000 Moir Stakes (1200 metres) at Moonee Valley on Friday night after cruising around the tricky course on Monday.
With Craig Newitt on board, Samaready took her first look at the track and was comfortable around the Valley's contours; she got the thumbs-up from trainer and jockey following the morning workout.
''We're definitely running this week,'' Price said. ''Physically, I think she is ready for it, she had a soft win first-up but it still took something out of her, which I thought it would, but the break between runs has given me time to get over Caulfield.
''She worked super here and sat bolting outside Tango's Daughter, and I thought the work was really good.''
Also pleasing connections at trackwork were Jason Warren's Bel Sprinter and the Peter Snowden-trained Epaulette.
Bel Sprinter looked in fantastic shape working solo over 800 metres, while Epaulette worked with Chiaramonte and had his stablemate well covered.
''He is very forward, he has done a lot of work and is a very good fresh horse. Importantly, he handled the track very well this morning, so I'm quietly confident that he will run well,'' Darley's head man Snowden said.
If the Monday gallop translates to a good run on Friday, Snowden said Epaulette would return to Moonee Valley for the group 1 Manikato Stakes on October 25, otherwise a tilt at the Patinack Classic during the Flemington carnival would be the goal.
Meanwhile, the connections of Saturday's group 1 Underwood Stakes winner It's A Dundeel have confirmed the four-year-old entire will stand at Arrowfield Stud in the Hunter Valley on completion of his racing career.
John Messara's Arrowfield successfully negotiated with the owners of the Murray Baker-trained son of High Chaparral and Zabeel mare Stareel to secure the leading Cox Plate contender and five-time group 1 winner for stud duties.
The syndicate of New Zealand friends will retain full ownership of the Australian Derby winner until retirement, at which point the entire will be syndicated.