More racing stars for the Denise's Joy family

By Brian Russell - 12 October 2005

That the Denise’s Joy family is one of the best to emerge in Australian breeding was illustrated again on Saturday through the win of the Gai Waterhouse trained and part owned four-year-old Bentley Biscuit in a Class 6 event at Rosehill Gardens and the third placing in the Caulfield Guineas of the John O’Shea prepared Primus.

Now an impressive winner in all his five outings and appearing a future major Group race prospect, Bentley Biscuit is by a former Coolmore shuttle sire in Peintre Celebre, the Nureyev product who won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in new track record time, and from Tycoon Joy, a winning half-sister by another Coolmore sire, Last Tycoon, to crack sprinter to Light Up The World and to Joy, dam of the QTC Stradbroke Handicap winner Thorn Park.

Now dam of two Danehill performers, World Peace and Conatus, a sire in his second season at Plaintree Farms,Toowoomba and very popular with mare owners, Light Up The World like Tycoon Joy and Joy is from the Bletchingly mare Christmas Spirit, a grandaughter of Denise’s Joy.

Primus, previously winner of two of four starts including a Listed event and second in the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes, is by the Danehill Golden Slipper winner Flying Spur and from Copa de Oro, an unraced daughter of the European champion two-year-old and miler Hector Protector, a son of the Mr. Prospector sire Woodman, and Clifton Gardens, a mare got by the Planet Kingdom Caulfield Cup winner Mighty Kingdom from Denise’s Joy.

Primus’s dam is nearly a three-quarter sister to Miss Minden, a stakes winner by the Mr. Prospector sire Bellotto and from Clifton Gardens. Miss Minden is the dam of the high class gallopers Miss Danehill and Pentastic and like the dams of Primus and Bentley Biscuit is closely related to Group1 winners Joie Denise, Arlington Road and Sunday Joy.

The matriarch of this family, Denise’s Joy, was owned and trained by Gai Waterhouse’s dad, the late Tommy Smith. She won13 races for him, including the VRC Oaks, QTC Oaks, WATC Derby and VRC Turnbull Stakes, finished second in the Golden Slipper and QTC Derby and third in the AJC Oaks and Australasian Champion Stakes.

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Henceforth the mares demand the greater care. When in the course of the months they are in foal. Allow them not to gallop in the swirling floods, But let them graze in the glades by brimming streams.

—Virgil