Tony and Maddysen Sears post Ready stakes race double at Eagle Farm

The Toowoomba-based training partnership of Tony and Maddysen Sears posted a black-type race-to-race double on the feature Eagle Farm meeting in Brisbane when Steady Ready and Yellow Brick took out Races 4 and 5 on the program respectively.

Steady Ready gets the double underway in the Lightning Stakes; picture Racing Queensland/Michael McInally

The $160,000, Listed, Ladbrokes Lightning Handicap (1000m) brought up the first leg of the brace of stakes race victories when Steady Ready ran out a comfortable winner.

Ridden to victory by Angela Jones, the progressive son of Better Than Ready recorded win No. 4 in a 15 start career when proving too strong for Golden Boom (by Spirit of Boom) and Rubiquitous (by Rubick) after being prominent throughout a relatively sedately run short-course sprint. 

Speaking after the win, Maddysen Sears remarked: “Our intention was to take a sit. When he found himself in that position I was worried that it would be a repeat of the Sunshine Coast, but in the end he was too good and they couldn’t catch him. 

“We’ve always had a very big opinion of the horse, and he’s come back a totally different animal since being gelded. He’s a very fast horse and he’s more tractable after having the ultimate gear change.”

Steady Ready ($6.00) scored by two lengths from Golden Boom ($4.00), with Rubiquitous ($21.00) a further Long Neck away in third.

Winning time was 57.27s (Last 600m in 33.62s).

Maddysen and Tony Sears celebrate their double with James McDonald; picture Racing Queensland/Michael McInally

Roughly 35 minutes later and the Sears were back in the winner’s enclosure with Yellow Brick, a game winner of the $160,000, Listed, Nuturf Spear Chief Handicap (1500m).

Sent to post a short-priced favourite with James McDonald taking the reins, Yellow Brick (by The Mission) was asked to win the race a very long way from home when hitting the front immediately entering the straight, but battled on gamely over the closing stages to hold Wategos (by Capitalist) in second and Coastwatch (by Fastnet Rock) in third at bay.

Maddysen Sears was overwhelmed by the race-to-race Listed Race stable double and confessed after regaining her composure, “I’m a bit emotional; things didn’t go to plan when he went to Sydney [during the spring] and he’s hit wet track after wet track ever since. So to see him do that today was pretty special. 

“He probably got to the front a little bit quicker than J-Mac would have liked, but he rode him like the best horse in the race, which is what he is. 

“Our intention is to go to the Stradbroke, but we’ll just see how he is over the next 24 to 48 hours. Hopefully this win gets him in, but it’s just great to see him back.”

Sears added: “Yes, it’s very exciting to think we might have a live chance in Queensland’s biggest race. He would get 51 kilos on his back, so he wouldn’t know himself. But we’ll see how he goes over the next few days, and if he doesn’t get a run to the Straddie he’ll go to the Tatts Mile, which is a pretty good back-up option. 

“He always pulls up well. He’ll go to the farm for a bit of a rest and he’ll bounce back into the stables, but we’ve never backed him up before, so that’s the query. But whatever happens, we have a stakes [race] double to celebrate today.”

Yellow Brick ($2.50 favourite) scored by a half-length from Wategos ($2.70), with Coastwatch ($6.00) the same margin back in third. Winning time was 1m29.36s (last 600m in 36.73s).

Tony & Maddysen Sears began the day with 16 Queensland metropolitan winners and $1,349,470 in prizemoney to their credit.