Riva del Mar
This one goes to Kris Lees at Newcastle

The filly

This filly is very much in the mould of many of the good More Than Ready fillies I have inspected. He stamps his progeny and right from his first crop in Australia from which I purchased Readymore he has consistently done a remarkable job.

I haven’t been able to purchase many fillies by More Than Ready mainly because the ones I have liked have been too expensive. It didn’t take long for his progeny to escalate in price after they started racing.

This filly has excellent conformation and I must say is a very well balanced athlete. Dr. Tim Roberts, who does most of my vet work at the sales, really liked her and gave her a good rating.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see her get up and going early and she will be paid up for the $8 million Inglis Series of races as well as the BOBS Scheme.

By More Than Ready

More than Ready is one of the greatest shuttle stallions to have visited our country. His progeny has won 1962 races in Australia and $74,766,148 in stakes money. These are incredible figures. World wide he has won 4680 races with over $190,000,000 in stakes earnings. Again, compare that with Fastnet Rock who has 2622 wins and just over $140,000,000 in stakes earnings.

Some of his best to have raced in Australia include Sebring, Samaready, More Joyous, Carry on Cutie, Phelan Ready and Perfectly Ready just to name a few. More Than Ready has consistently been a top 20 sire in Australia for the past 15 years.

The biggest impact More Than Ready may have on our industry is as a great broodmare sire. He is currently 9th on the broodmare list and is the youngest sire represented which is a great pointer to the future.

Out of Riva del Mar

Riva del Mar is by the champion sire Shamardal out of the highly credentialed Zabeel mare More Chickens. This is a great female line with two Oaks winners on the page. One of these is Faint Perfume by Shamardal which shows just how well the cross works with this family.

I love buying yearlings out of families where an Oaks winner is up on the page. It is interesting that our latest Stakes horse, Casa De Lago, also has two Oaks winners on her page.

Make no bones about it, the Oaks winners are the very best fillies of their year and the families they come from almost always go forward and produce very good gallopers.

This is her first foal which I also really like. Once again, many of the better gallopers I have been associated with over the years are first foals.

I was taken by this filly when I inspected her. She is very athletic and by a sire who just keeps getting stakes winners. More Than Ready is one of the world’s great sires with an amazing 179 individual stakes winners to his credit. Compare this with Fastnet Rock’s 129 stakes winners and you get an idea of just how good he is.

I am thrilled to have this filly in our team and she will be trained by Group 1 winning trainer Kris Lees in Newcastle.


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  • Details
  • $6,500 for 5% (1 share)
  • Trainer - Kris Lees
  • Shares issued - 20
  • Shares available - 4
  • Availability as at 20/06/2018
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