More Joyous Earns Fourth Group 1 in Futurity

Mark Smith - 2 March 2011

John Singleton’s star mare More Joyous made it four wins at the elite level when she repelled the challenge of Whobegotyou in Saturday’s Group I Rokk Ebony Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.

Nash Rawiller balanced up the daughter of More Than Ready around the home turn after enjoying a cosy run. When it looked as if the fast finishing Whobegotyou would make a race of it, More Joyous found under pressure to win by three-quarters of a length.

Whobegotyou (Street Cry) showed another Group 1 success is not far off by holding second from Dao Dao (Shinko Forest).

More Joyous takes her overall record to an impressive 12 wins and a third from 16 starts while accumulating $1,875,200 in earning.

“The pressure is on you when have got a big-time horse,” winning trainer Gai Waterhouse said. “Firstly, the public expect it and most importantly the owners expect it and then all the connections expect it.

“You are very relieved when she does what you know she can do.”

The exuberant trainer was unconcerned that her star pupil seemed to be uncomfortable the reverse way of going.

“If you played tennis with your right arm all your life and then played with your left for two games, you would feel the same thing,” Waterhouse said.

“She doesn’t train on this leg, but I tell you something, when she gets to Caulfield, she certainly knows how to use the other one.”

Waterhouse said she would be taking More Joyous back to Sydney where the Group 1 Doncaster Handicap is high on the agenda.

More Joyous is the second foal of Singleton’s AJC Oaks (G1) heroine Sunday Joy (Sunday Silence) herself a half-sister to the Dubai bound, 4-time Group 1 winner, Tuesday Joy (Carnegie).

A half-sister to the $2 million Sadler’s Wells colt Seventh Reason, More Joyous is the second foal of Sunday Joy whose dam, QTC Oaks (G1) heroine Joie Denise (Danehill), is a daughter of champion mare Denise’s Joy (Seventh Hussar) who was trained by Gai Waterhouse’s father Tommy Smith rated the champion filly in Australia in 1975-76, Denise Joy won 13 races including the VRC and QTC Oaks as well as the Underwood Stakes and WATC Australian Derby. She was also second in the Golden Slipper Stakes.

Sunday Joy has a yearling colt by Redoute’s Choice that made $1,150,000 at Magic Millions in January and a filly foal by More Than Ready (USA). She was covered by the Vinery stallion again last season but failed to conceive.

Rated the champion filly in Australia in 1975-76, Denise Joy won 13 races including the VRC and QTC Oaks as well as the Underwood Stakes and WATC Australian Derby. She was also second in the Golden Slipper Stakes.

Sunday Joy has a yearling colt by Redoute’s Choice that made $1,150,000 at Magic Millions in January and a filly foal by More Than Ready (USA). She was covered by the Vinery stallion again last season but failed to conceive.

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There is a touch of divinity even in brutes, and a special halo about a horse, that should forever exempt it from indignities. As for those magisterial truck-horses of the docks, I would as soon think of striking a judge on the bench as to lay violent hands upon their holy hides.

—Herman Melville
from Redburn