Champion mare More Joyous joined the likes of Sunline as one of seven mares ever to win 20 black type races after winning the $240,000 Group 3 Golden Pendant (1400m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
The daughter for More Than Ready (USA) took all before her during the autumn including three consecutive group 1’s and has returned this spring in a similar mood, now destroying two fields.
That is the kind of form that sees a horse open at $1.02 with bookmakers and start at $1.03, though in reality punters are lucky bookmakers let them on at all; favourite out would have been more suitable.
Ridden by usual rider Nash Rawiller, More Joyous jumped well and Rawiller settled third, one off the fence of a moderate tempo. Approaching the turn Rawiller eased the mare three wide to ensure clear room and More Joyous did the rest.
She cruised to the leaders in the straight before Rawiller asked her to do some type of work within the final furlong. She kicked away with consummate ease, scoring by two and a half lengths.
More Joyous strolls to black type victory number 20, picture sportpix.com.au
Skyerush (Bowman) held off Forarainyday (Shinn) by a length and a quarter to grab second place. The overall time was 1.25.38 with the last 600m run in 35.11.
“She is part of history now,” Singleton said. “When you have been around for this long you have this niggling doubt something will go wrong.
“She won as she should have done but so many things go wrong in racing until it is all over (you never know), but seven mares in 200 years have won 20 group races and she is one of them.”
“She was at her brilliant best and felt terrific throughout the race,” Rawiller said. “I thought at the 100m I had better get her to do a little bit because I don’t want the other horses to be fitter than us.
“The pace was only average and I was happy to let her find her feet, I didn’t really want to be without cover running into the wind, she relaxed beautifully in behind them and put them to bed pretty quick.”
“Unbelievable,” Waterhouse said. “It was just a working gallop.
“She is just joyous, it was a working gallop, when McDonalds horse went to the lead and put some speed into the race she got a bit of rhythm and was bowling along, he pressed the accelerator and she went whoosh.
“Down to the Toorak here we come.”
More Joyous is out of the Sunday Silence (USA) mare, 2003 AJC Oaks winner Sunday Joy and is owned by Strawberry Hills Stud (Mgr: J D Singleton). Her prizemoney now comes to $4,492,450.