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More Than Ready Adds South Africa Gr3
At Turffontein in South Africa, high profile Vinery shuttler More Than Ready (Southern Halo-Woodman's Girl, by Woodman) added a Group success when 3YO Australian-bred filly Ektifaa (More Than Ready-Stellar Vinia, by Redoute's Choice) scored by 0.5 length for trainer Mike de Kock in the Gr3 Tony Ruffel Stakes (1450m), over 3YO colts Matador Man (Toreador-Sahara, by Mogok) & Doosra (Captain Al-Caughtintheslips, by Caesour). Ektifaa's record now stands at 4 wins (including the Gr2 Choice Carriers Championship) and 3 placings from 7 starts. Purchased by Shadwell Australia for $600,000 at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Segenhoe Stud, Ektifaa is out of a half-sister to Gr1 Easter Handicap winner Calveen (Canny Lad), Gr2 Emancipation Stakes winner Kosi Bay (Spinning World), Gr3 ATC Widden Stakes winner Fireworks, and Listed Anniversary Handicap winner Striker (Van Nistelrooy). This is also the family of Gr1 South Australian Derby winner English Wonder, dam of ill-fated four-time Gr1 winning sire Dr Grace (Sir Tristram) as well as South Australian Oaks winner Asia (Danehill).