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By Graham Potter | Sunday, April 10, 2022

Tony Sears, who trains in partnership with his daughter Maddysen, has a pretty casual demeanour around the track … whether he is producing a young runner like the unbeaten Steady Ready, who is of those lighting up the two-year-old scene in Brisbane, or the likes of the seven-year-old Baanone, who comfortably took care of his opposition at any old price at Doomben on Saturday.

The Sears camp is based in Toowoomba, a precinct which gained a lot of attention in the last two seasons when the big buyers came for the emerging Toowoomba stars Incentivise and Hinged who went on to race with distinction in Group 1 company down south for their respective new stables.

No surprise then that when Steady Ready won a trial by just over thirteen lengths he was already a focus of some attention, and his 5.75 length romp when winning in heavy going on debut back on March 26 at Doomben certainly only enhanced the glare of the spotlight.

But Sears is the last one to be blinded by any big offers to purchase the Better Than Ready colt.

It’s a case of thanks … but no thanks … as Sears and the two-year-old’s Singapore based owner are at one in pouring cold water on any current ambitions of those big buyers with regard to Steady Ready’s future at this stage.

“I’m not saying he will never be sold, but he is definite not for sale at this time,” confirmed Tony Sears. “The owner has told me he doesn’t want to sell him. He is not for sale.”

Steady Ready is scheduled to next be in action in the Listed Dalrello Stakes on April 30.

‘He’s had a week off. I might take him to Brisbane next week and trial him there … or maybe I’ll trial him up here (at Toowoomba) and we’ll just take it from there,” said Sears.

“I do think he is a very decent horse. He is a lovely horse. He is a two-year-old, but he is a very quiet … just like an old stager.”

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