The smh.com.au reported on Sunday that Strawberry Hills stud’s Duncan Grimley confirmed the bookng for More Joyous and Group 2 winner More Strawberries.
“We have the contracts and if More Joyous is retired she will go,” Grimley said. “That still has to be decided but she has a booking.
“She will definitely go to Frankel the first year she goes to stud.
“There is not another first season stallion in the world you would want to go too and we want to bred to the best with the best,” he said.
Should the Strawberry Hills Stud pair go to England for the mating they might join Black Caviar in being served by the sire.
Black Caviar’s connections are dealing directly with Juddmonte Farm and are believed to be close to agreeing to take their unbeaten star to England this year.
That would mean a return to Royal Ascot in June, where she would race in the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes (1000m). Last year Black Cavair narrowly won the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m) on the last day of the five day meeting.
No decision has been made if More Joyous would race at the Royal meeting. Race options would include the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes (1600m) and Golden Jubilee Stakes.
Frankel rewrote the record books in his unbeaten 14-race career, which was highlighted by an 11-length romp in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Timeform rated that performance at 147, the highest rating in its 65-year history.
In a sporting challenge John Singleton, owner and breeder of More Joyous, said that he would enter More Joyous in the $1m, Group 1 WFA Darley TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday to race Black Caviar if connections of the champion sprint mare agree to also race in the $400,000, Group 1 WFA All Aged Stakes (1400m) on the final day of the Carnival, April 27th.
On Saturday More Joyous was shut out of the Group 1 Inglis Queen Of The Turf over 1500m when jockey Nash Rawiller tried to force a passage through a wall of horses and did not succeed. The mare finished fifth and full of running.
“Singo said he will run More Joyous in the TJ [Smith] if they commit to running in the All-Aged,” Grimley said.
“It would be fantastic for racing to see them clash not once but twice.”
More Joyous is a six-year-old mare with a complete international pedigree. By More Than Ready out of the Sunday Silence mare Sunday Joy who won the Group 1 AJC Oaks over 2400m at Randwick. She has won 22 races from 31 race starts with stakes to-date of $4.5 million.
More Joyous (NZ) and Nash Rawiller, picture Sportpix.com.au