Three new winners underline the marvel of the Denise's Joy family

By Brian Russell - 16 August 2005

That Denise’s Joy, a queen of racing thirty years ago, is now a marvel of Australian breeding through her descendants was underlined again in the past week by two winners in Sydney and another in Melbourne. It was a sequence of successes that kicked off at Canterbury on the Wednesday with the John Singleton bred and owned and Bart Cummings trained Fusaichi Pegasus filly Mary Marvel suggesting she was a stakes prospect by winning her second race start by 2.5 lengths.

It was an effort that was followed at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday by victory by her close relation, the Gai Waterhouse trained five-year-old mare Wild Queen, in a 1500 metre event and the next day by the success of the Brian Mayfield-Smith prepared three-year-old gelding Point Made over 1720 metres at Flemington.

They are from three different branches of the Denise’s Joy family with Wild Queen, a product of Jim Bartholomew’s Barador Stud at Martindale in the Hunter Valley, being the furthest removed. Now winner of five of her 12 starts, she is by the Riverman champion French three-year-old miler of 1997 Loup Sauvage, a former Vinery shuttle sire, and from Crowning Jewel, a minor Sydney winning daughter of Bletchingly and the Listed winner Jewel in the Crown.

The latter mare is a daughter of the Planet Kingdom Caulfield Cup winner Mighty Kingdom and the unraced Joy and Fun, the result of the mating of champion sire Showdown with Denise’s Joy.

Also dam of the stakes winners So Gorgeous and Cumbria, Crowning Jewel is a three-quarter sister to Christmas Spirit, the dam of the Woodman winner Alberato, a new sire at the Wyndholm Park at Ballarat, Victoria, and to Light Up The World, a Rory’s Jester AJC Challenge Stakes winner.

Light Up The World is the producer to Danehill of World Peace (won the Blue Diamond Preview and third in the Blue Diamond Stakes) and the lightly raced Conatus (a smart winner over 1000 and 1100 metres in Sydney). Conatus is now coming up to his second season as a sire at Plaintree Farms,Toowoomba and is proving very popular.

He is bred on similar lines to Joie Denise, the dam of John Singleton’s exciting prospect Mary Marvel as she is she is by Danehill and from Denise’s Joy. Only raced twice to date, Mary Marvel could be one of a number stars in the first crop of her sire Fusaichi Pegasus, the Mr. Prospector Kentucky Derby winner who visits Coolmore in the Hunter Valley.

Point Made, a three-year-old who was also having his maiden win when successful at Flemington, is by another glamour Hunter Valley shuttle sire in the Vinery shuttler Red Ransom and is from Miss Minden, a Listed two-year-old winner by the Mr. Prospector sire Bellotto and from Clifton Gardens, a daughter of Mighty Kingdom and Denise’s Joy.

Raced by his breeders, R. and Mrs M. Orloff’s Oamaru Stud,Victoria, Point Made could be worth keep an eye on as a Victoria Derby prospect.

A three-quarter sister to Jewel In The Crown, his grandam Clifton Gardens has only had one winner, Miss Minden, but the latter has made up for this by being the dam also of the Danehill Queensland Oaks winner Miss Danehill and the Pentire dual Group 2 winner and Brisbane Cup, Doomben Cup, AJC and VRC Derbys placed Pentastic.

The matriarch of this family, Denise’s Joy, was bred and raced by two of Sydney’s leading racing identities of the time, T.J. Powell and N.C. Smith, and trained by the latter’s brother Tommy Smith. She won 13 races for them including the Victoria Oaks, Queensland Oaks and WATC Australian Derby.

There are more than twenty stakes winners descending from Denise’s Joy with the others including Group1 winners Thorn Park, Euphoria, Sunday Joy, Arlington Road and the South African star sprinter Joie de Grise.

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It excites me that no matter how much machinery replaces the horse, the work it can do is still measured in horsepower…even in this space age. And although a riding horse often weighs half a ton, and a big drafter a full ton, either can be led about by a piece of string if he is wisely trained. This to me is a constant source of wonder, and a challenge.

—Marguerite Henry