Champion mare More Joyous (NZ) thumbed her nose at the NSW Racehorse Owners Association with a dominant win in the $100,000 Listed Sharp Sheraco Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
More Joyous makes it look easy in the Sharp Sheraco Stakes, picture sportpix.com.au
The Gai Waterhouse-trained mare was amazingly snubbed at the NSW Horse of the Year Awards last month, losing the Horse Of The Year and Queen of the Autumn titles to Streama, but on the track on Saturday it was a different story.
After jumping well from the barriers Nash Rawiller had More Joyous camped on the outside of race leader Miss Marx (Robl) with reigning Horse of the Year, Streama (Bowman), behind the leader.
Little changed in the run until the field straightened for the run home. Rawiller started to turn the heat up but Miss Marx wouldn’t drop off. Passing the 300m it looked a race in two before More Joyous was asked for more effort and she pulled away.
With a furlong to go Streama began to hit top gear but More Joyous was in control and she cruised to the line over the final 75m to score a comfortable victory.
At the line the margin was a length and a half to Miss Marx who held off the fast finishing Streama by a short neck. The overall time was 1.10.4 with the last 600m run in a blistering 33.10.
“Everyone has said she is better than when she was a two-year-old. There is nothing wrong with her and she looks better,” said proud owner John Singleton.
“Remember last autumn everyone said her coat was not right, this is the first time that everyone has said that she is right.”
More Joyous, picture sportpix.com
More Joyous is by More Than Ready (USA) out of Sunday Joy and has a brilliant record of 20 wins from 27 starts with two minor placings and prizemoney totalling $4,339,650.