Ready For Victory cost himself any chance in the Golden Slipper when he veered towards the outside fence in the final 200 metres.
The talented colt gets another Group One chance in Saturday’s Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Randwick and trainer Mick Price has tinkered with his gear to try to ensure there are no excuses this time around.
Ready For Victory finished less than two lengths behind the winner Vancouver in the $3.5 million Slipper.
“He was beaten 1.8 lengths but you just want every chance in the race,” Price said.
“If he had have tracked up true and been beaten half a length, which I think might have been the case, at least you can accept it because you’ve had every chance.
“But it’s a bit difficult to win any race when they are going sideways.
“It was a colossal ask to win two weeks after his debut, having to travel to Sydney (from Melbourne). So I think the horse did a fantastic job.”
Ready For Victory has had more time in Sydney since the Slipper and the benefit of racing clockwise, and Price has opted for a lugging bit for Saturday.
“I think he’s in good condition,” Price said.
Ready For Victory has shown his talent with a stakes win on debut at Flemington and then his Slipper performance at his second start.
The son of More Than Ready shares the second line of betting with Golden Slipper runner-up English at $4.60.
Blue Diamond Stakes winner Pride Of Dubai is favourite to win his second Group One.
“It will be a tough race,” Price said.
“There’s no pressure like race pressure. As much as I’ve been happy with his work, he’s still got to get in amongst them and do everything right.”
The colt’s stablemate Lankan Rupee will be inspected before his defence of the TJ Smith Stakes.
Lankan Rupee has undergone chiropractic treatment since his unplaced Newmarket Handicap performance.
Price is pleased with his work but Racing NSW stewards say he needs a final clearance.
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