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By Graham Potter | Saturday, March 26, 2022

One of the most exciting times for a trainer is when they have a two-year-old in their care who looks way above average.

Tony and Maddysen Sears always thought that Steady Ready, a Better Than Ready colt, fitted the bill and that view certainly remained intact when Steady Ready turned a barrier trial at Toowoomba on March 8 into an embarrassing procession for his three rivals, who he beat home by 13.30 lengths 21.3 lengths and 22.6 lengths respectively.

As is always the case though, the real testing ground only comes under competitive race conditions and so, while Steady Ready arrived for his first race outing in a QTIS Two-Year-Old Handicap over 1050m at Doomben on March 26 already with a sizable reputation, he still had a point to prove.

Punters didn’t have too much doubt about the outcome as Steady Ready started a clear favourite at $2.30 and they never had to endure any anxious moment in the run.

Luke Tarrant jumped Steady Ready smartly from the inside barrier draw and immediately stretched the field out at a strong gallop.

Lunar Rose ($8.50) was the only runner who tried to stay with Steady Ready … the others were quickly left well in arrears with the third placed runner a full five lengths back and the last runner a just over twelve lengths off the action.

In the straight, while it wasn’t the thirteen-length romp of the trial, it was again a case of the further they went the further Steady Ready would win by, which, in the end, came down to a more than tidy 5.80 lengths.

It was a scintillating win.

Exciting times indeed!

As mentioned previously, Red Wave is a horse with a special place in the heart of Maddysen Sears, co-trainer in the Tony and Maddysen Sears Training partnership.

On the same day that Steady Ready ($4) stole the day’s thunder and the stable headlines, Red Wave put in another spirited performance to claim a strong second place behind Southern Stock ($6.50) in a QTIS Three-Year-Old Handicap over 1000m.

This was the eighth time in twelve starts that Red Wave has finished in the top three places.

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