Moruya galloper, Girls Are Ready, will headline Sunday’s Mollymook Cup at Shoalhaven City Turf Club on Sunday, and her trainer Joe Cleary, is hoping the five-year-old can rediscover her best form when contesting the 1200m Benchmark 66 Handicap.
“It is a good race but to be honest, I’m not worried about the competition, I’m just wondering if she can find that earlier two-year-old form,” Cleary said.
“If she can find that early form, she will be hard to beat.”
The Better Than Ready mare has been off the scene for 18 weeks, following a preparation that saw her contest the Country Championships final at Royal Randwick on April 10, before taking on local feature races and stepping out over 2000m.
“This mare, I probably shouldn’t have tried to step her out to 2000m after the Country Champs, but we have given her a good spell and she has come back in good order,” Cleary said.
“She loves the heavy, which she will get at Nowra. She is in my Moruya stable, and she galloped well the other day, and everyone is happy with her.
“She has been up for 9 or 10 weeks now, so she has a good foundation. We’ve been working her along, and she has had a private jump out, so she is ready for a race.”
Girls Are Ready was a highly touted two-year-old, winning early on at Canterbury and Warwick Farm before contesting the $2 million Magic Millions Two-Year-Old Classic at the Gold Coast back in January 2019.
Following that, she won a race at Canberra and a TAB Highway Handicap at Royal Randwick, but unfortunately, she has since failed to live up to those early expectations.
“We are at that stage of her career where it is entirely up to her,” Cleary said.
“We have given her every opportunity. We’ve given her some beach work and river work to stimulate the brain and see if we can get her going again.
‘Whatever unfolds, she has done a great job for a lady-only ownership group that have had a lot of fun”
Girls Are Ready, which will be ridden by Shaun Guymer, will headline a good field for the 2021 Mollymook Cup, which is the sixth race on the seven-race Nowra program.