Star Sydney mare More Joyous (NZ) has failed in her bid for a third-straight Group 1 Inglis Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1500m) salute, finishing unplaced behind Guy Walter’s Appearance in the race at Rosehill on Saturday.
Appearance dominates the Queen Of The Turf Stakes, picture sportpix.com.au
It was the final leg of an impressive Triple Crown for Appearance who rounded out the trio of the Australian turf’s most prestigious mares races.
Walter’s star won the Myer Classic (1600m) in the spring at Flemington and claimed the Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill two weeks ago.
It was a much different story for More Joyous who jumped as the $1.70 favourite on Saturday, but never threatened.
Jockey Nash Rawiller sat her in a handy position just behind the speed from her inside barrier, but ran into a wall of horses in the straight when trying to let down.
“She felt like she was there but I had nowhere to produce her,” Rawiller said.
As More Joyous had her momentum culled, Appearance and Kerrin McEvoy swept up to the lead on the outside. Red Tracer (Dane Shadow) and Corey Brown fought solidly to the line for second while Streama (Stratum) and Hugh Bowman were third.
The margins were 1/2L and 1/2L with the time 1.30.73 on the Slow 7 track. The final 600m was in 35.85. Appearance paid $9.30 on NSW TAB.
“What a fabulous mare she is she just keeps winning,” Walter said.
“She probably has not had the acclaim she deserves because she does not win by far but she just wants to win, and she is a terrific little mare.”
Jockey Kerrin McEvoy said Appearance had benefited from the bumping duel which ended More Joyous’ chances.
“Nash was trying to get off the fence and I ended up on the back of Hugh Bowman and he took me right into the race,” McEvoy said.
“I was worried how the race was going to unfold. We had a nice trail into it and she just picked up really well, I hit the lead a bit early but she was strong to the line.”
Walter said Appearance would press onto the $2m, Group 1 BMW Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick on April 20th, a race that Walter has trifected in the past.
Appearance is a home-bred for Darley. A four-year-old by Commands out of the Grand Lodge mare Disguise she has won six times from 13 starts and with three placings she has earned stakes in excess of $1 million at $1,117,530.
Race 6, photofinish picture ATC